Otter appoints temporary Idaho controller to step in for ailing Donna Jones

Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday appointed Chief Deputy Controller Brandon Woolf to "temporarily lead" the office while his elected boss recovers from a broken back and other injuries suffered in a May 25 vehicle crash.

Last month, Otter revealed that Jones had broken her back and faced a long recovery. In a news release Tuesday afternoon, said the appointment was made at her request. Jones is one of five statewide elected officials on the Idaho Land Board. Otter says his appointment gives Woolf temporary authority to conduct all the duties of the elected controller.

The news release follows:

GOVERNOR APPOINTS TEMPORARY STATE CONTROLLER WHILE JONES CONTINUES RECOVERY

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today appointed State Controller Donna Jones’ chief deputy, Brandon Woolf, to temporarily lead the Controller’s office while Jones continues to recuperate from injuries sustained in a May 25th auto accident.

The temporary appointment, made at the request of State Controller Jones, ensures operations at her office continue uninterrupted as she continues the intensive rehabilitation phase of her recovery. It will remain in effect until she is ready to return to the office.

“Donna takes her oath of office to uphold the Constitution and faithfully discharge her duties very seriously,” Governor Otter said. “Above all things, she puts her responsibilities to the people of Idaho first. That’s why she requested that I appoint Brandon to temporarily lead the Controller’s office – with all the duties, responsibilities and authority of that office – while Donna focuses on her physical rehabilitation and recovery.”

“The continued efficient operation of her office is incredibly important to State Controller Jones,” Woolf said. “I’m honored that Governor Otter and State Controller Jones trust me with the responsibility to continue processing payroll for the State’s employees, paying the State’s bills accurately and on time, and keeping the State’s largest data center online.”

Woolf, who is married with three children, earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University. Over his 15-year tenure with the agency, Woolf has worked for three State Controllers, led the agency’s statewide payroll division, and served as the chief deputy controller.

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A good public servant, nasty break, keep recovering Donna!

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