BOISE – State Controller Donna Jones announced Monday that she is retiring from public office effective immediately to focus on recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on May 25.

Jones said in a press conference Monday morning that her medical team told her that her recovery could take up to two years. She said that she chose to retire in order to ensure that "the people are represented by someone who can give them all of his attention and energy.”

Following Jones' announcement, Governor Butch Otter appointed Acting Controller Brandon Woolf to as Idaho's 21st 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 has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.

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

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