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Monday, October 15, 2012

Otter Names Brandon Woolf to Permanently Replace State Controller Donna Jones

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Governor C.L. Butch Otter, left, Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, center, and his family at right.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, left, Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, center, and his family at right.

Extended recuperation from injuries sustained in a May 25 car accident have forced Idaho Controller Donna Jones to announce her retirement, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced at his Statehouse office this morning.

"Based upon her recent consultation with her medical team, she believes this is her time to retire," said Otter. He said replacing her would be difficult.

Jones elected to focus her energies on recuperation, said Otter. He visited Jones last week as she recovers near Boise's Saint Alphonsus hospital, he said, where she informed the governor she would be sending him a formal letter announcing her retirement. Otter said he received her letter over the weekend.

Otter then introduced Brandon Woolf, Idaho's acting state controller since July.

"I have chosen Brandon Woolf to be the 21st controller of the State of Idaho," said Otter. "He's an Idaho kid, and started as an intern. A great success story."

Woolf placed his hand on the Bible and was officially sworn in with a ceremony that included members of his family and Idaho leadership.

With Otter's appointment, Woolf will serve the remainder of Jones' term and will face election in 2014 before his term expires in January 2015. The 40-year-old Woolf earned his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boise State.

"I am looking forward to running for election and continuing to put my name out there and working hard with this team," said Woolf.

Woolf began his tenure in the Controller's Office with an internship in 1997.

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