Who’s the fill-in? Gov. Butch Otter named Chief Deputy Controller Brandon Woolf to replace elected Controller Donna Jones while she recovers from a broken back and other injuries suffered in a May 25 car crash.
Jones made the request: In a news release late Tuesday, Otter said Jones “puts her responsibilities to the people first” and asked that Woolf temporarily lead the office.
What’s the need? Jones is one of five members of the Idaho Land Board, which manages state investments that include 2.46 million acres managed to benefit schools and other state endowments. Otter said Woolf will have “all the duties, responsibilities and authority” of the office until Jones returns to work.
How’s she doing? Last month, Otter revealed that Jones, 73, had surgery to fuse three vertebrae and faces a “long rehabilitation.” Tuesday’s news release says she “continues the intensive rehabilitation phase of her recovery.”