Donna Jones was released from the hospital Aug. 23, three months after she rolled her vehicle on I-84 near Rupert, breaking her neck and suffering other serious injuries. Jones, 73, was elected in 2006. She had commuted to Boise from her home in Payette, where she won six House terms and was the first woman to chair the House Revenue & Taxation Committee.
On July 3, Gov. Butch Otter appointed Chief Deputy Controller Brandon Woolf to temporarily fulfill Jones' duties, at her request.
Woolf said her recovery is "exceeding expectations," but that it's not clear when Jones might return to work.
Woolf provided this update:
Donna was released from the hospital last month. In light of the logistics associated with commuting from Payette to Boise almost daily for therapy and the care she still needs, she opted to temporarily move into an assisted living facility that’s close to her therapists here in Boise.
Overall, she’d doing incredibly well and considering the severity of her accident, her recovery is exceeding expectations. She still faces a long road as she continues to heal and regain her strength. Donna’s working very hard and spends many hours each week in rehabilitation.
Right now Donna’s focus needs to be, and is, on getting better. The temporary appointment Governor Otter made in accordance with Donna’s request has enabled the Controller’s office to continue with our normal course of business. Since the accident Governor Otter and his staff have been incredible to work with and very supportive. We’re also in daily contact with Donna and provide her with updates on office operations, and things like our budget request and Land Board issues.
It’s worth noting that from the start of Donna’s administration, we’ve made continuity of business operations planning a priority – we never expected to have our preparations tested in this way, but we were ready.
Unfortunately I don’t have a definitive answer for you regarding timelines and the future. It all depends on how well Donna continues to heal.
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