BOISE -- State Controller Donna Jones announced today that she is retiring effective immediately to focus on her recovery from injuries she sustained in May 25th auto accident.

My medical team now anticipates my recovery could take up to two years. Knowing this, 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.

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Acting Controller Brandon Woolf to permanently fill the vacancy left by Jones retirement. Woolf is Idaho s 21st State Controller.

For nearly 30 years Donna has been a dedicated public servant. It s a selfless act for her to retire from office, ensuring the people of Idaho are represented by a Controller who can devote all his time and energy to the job, Otter said. Just like Donna, I have complete confidence in Brandon s ability to be an outstanding State Controller.

Woolf, 40, is a 15-year veteran of the State Controller s Office. Hired initially as an intern, he has held a variety of leadership posts in the Controller s Office, including bureau chief, division administrator, and most recently chief of staff.

Woolf will serve out the remainder of Jones term, which ends in Jan. 2015. His appointment is subject to approval by the Idaho Senate.

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