By RODNEY D. BOAM
Former Preston resident Brandon Woolf was confirmed by the Idaho Senate as the 21st state controller in January. At age 40, he is the youngest statewide constitutional officer in Idaho.
The Citizen wrote about Woolf when he was appointed interim State Controller by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter after Donna M. Jones retired last year due to complications from an automobile accident.
“I’m honored the Senate voted unanimously to confirm my appointment,” Woolf said. “In the Controller’s Office we recognize managing Idaho’s finances is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is a citizen issue. I believe the Legislature supports the work we do to account for the people’s money and what we’re doing to make Idaho’s finances more transparent.”
Woolf’s office will be responsible for paying all of Idaho’s bills and making sure the 24,000 employees will get their paychecks on time. He also manages the State’s Data Center. He will also oversee the staff of 39 professionals.
The 1991 PHS graduate was born in Preston and raised in the Whitney area. His parents, Dennis and Liz Woolf, are serving a mission for the LDS church in Africa. Woolf is married to the former Jana Lee Balls. The couple has three children.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.
Over his 15-year tenure with the agency, Woolf has worked for three state controllers, led the agency’s statewide payroll division and served as the chief deputy controller.
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