Donna Jones' Deputy Named Temporary Replacement for State Controller


Conceding that her recuperation from a May 25 automobile crash was consuming most of her efforts, Idaho Controller Donna Jones urged Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to name her replacement, even if the change is temporary.

A seatbelt saved Jones life when her vehicle rolled over and crashed on Interstate 84 near Rupert. Jones, 74, was in critical condition when she was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, but has since stabilized. Jones, who served six terms in the Idaho House of Representatives before being elected state controller in 2006, was traveling alone in her vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade.

On Tuesday, Otter announced that Brandon Woolf, chief deputy controller, will temporarily assume Jones' job while his boss continues to recover. The controller serves as Idaho's chief fiscal officer, responsible for maintaining the state's financial records and paying its bills.