Donna Jones’ three-decade career in public service ended abruptly Monday, as the state controller retired midterm, four months after suffering a broken neck in a May 25 rollover accident.
Facing a two-year recovery, the 73-year-old Jones made the right call. She stepped aside from her $93,756-a-year job; her former chief of staff, Brandon Woolf, will continue on as controller for the remaining two years of her term.
Said Jones: “I cannot in good conscience deliver anything less than a full measure to those who have trusted me all these years. I have chosen to retire and ensure the people are represented by someone who can give them all of his attention and energy.”
Good move. And Godspeed on your recovery.
The controller is, by job description, the state’s bean counter, bill-payer and financial record-keeper. In her final act as a public official, Jones went out with grace, putting the taxpayers’ interests first.