Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's appointment of Brandon Woolf as Idaho's 21st state controller, with the retirement of controller Donna Jones. 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.
It is one of seven elected executive officers specified in the Idaho Constitution; the others are governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction. After administering the oath of office to Woolf as the new state controller, Gov. Butch Otter lined up all the state's constitutional officers for a photo. As they posed, he joked that the menagerie now includes an Otter, a Woolf and a Crane (state Treasurer Ron Crane).
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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