Idaho Gov. Butch Otter named acting state Controller Brandon Woolf permanently to the position. Woolf, who was raised on a dairy farm near Preston holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University and an MBA from Boise State University. “Brandon is an Idaho kid,” Otter said, calling his career in the controller’s office “a great success story in and of itself.”
Woolf started in the office 15 years ago as an intern and had been a training specialist in the payroll division, a bureau chief, division administrator, and chief of staff before being named acting controller in July. Idaho’s state controller is the state’s chief fiscal officer; manages the state’s payroll and financial management and reporting and accounting systems; and is a full voting member of the state Land Board, which oversees management of the state’s endowment land that is held for the benefit of trust beneficiaries including Idaho’s public schools. His appointment is subject to approval by the Idaho Senate.
Woolf said he plans to run for the position in 2014 when the current term ends.