|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$13,407,200|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Assumed office:||October 15, 2012|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||Appointed to fill vacancy|
|Other Idaho Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Controller • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Director of Lands • Labor Director • Public Utilities Commission|
The controller's office is subdivided into three divisions, the division of statewide accounting, the division of computer services and the division of statewide payroll. The controller also has the duty of Social Security Program Administrator and is the ex-officio secretary of the State Board of Examiners.
The current and 21st Controller is Brandon Woolf, a Republican appointed in October 2012. Woolf began serving in the position in July 2012, when Gov. Butch Otter appointed him as interim controller following a car accident that left previous officeholder Donna M. Jones (R) severely injured and ultimately led her to resign the post. Otter formally tapped Woolf to succeed Jones on October 15, 2012. His appointment was confirmed by the Idaho Senate on January 28, 2013.
The office of controller is established by the Idaho Constitution.
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, state treasurer, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold his office for four years
- at least 25 years old
- a United States citizen
- a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election
No person shall be eligible ... to the office of ... state treasurer, unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, and have been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the state or territory of Idaho, and be in good standing at the time of his election. In addition to the qualifications above described each of the officers named shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the state or territory two years next preceding his election.
Idaho elects controllers to four-year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all election years. Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.
If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.
- See also: State executives with term limits
Alone out of all of Idaho's state executives, the controller faces a limit of two consecutive terms in office.
Per Article IV, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution, the governor appoints a replacement to any state office where a vacancy occurs, subject to the approval of the Idaho Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election.
The controller, as the state's chief fiscal officer, is responsible for:
- Maintaining all accounting and financial records
- Paying all the state's bills and employees
- Preparing the state's annual financial report
- Operating the state's Computer Service Center
The controller was once known as the state auditor; the position was renamed by a 1994 ballot measure. The controller remains responsible for operating internal pre-audit accounting controls. The remainder of the state's audit duties are carried out by the state legislature's audit division.
- Statewide Accounting
- Computer Services
- Statewide Payroll
The budget for the Office of the Controller in Fiscal Year 2013 was $13,407,200.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Prior to 1994, the duties of the now controller were carried out by the auditor. A ballot measure in 1994 changed the name from auditor to comptroller.
State of Idaho
There have been 21 Idaho Controllers and auditors since 1891. Of the 21 officeholders, 12 were Republican, 6 were Democrat, 1 switched from Democrat to Populist, 1 was Silver Republican and 1 switched between Populist, Democratic and Silver Republican.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1891-Present|
|1||Silas W. Moody||1891 - 1893||Republican|
|2||Frank C. Ramsey||1893 - 1897||Republican|
|3||J.H. Anderson||1897 - 1899||Democratic/Populist|
|4||Bartlett Sinclair||1899 to 1901||Silver Republican|
|5||E.W. Jones||1901 - 1/5/1903||Populist/ Democratic/Silver Republican|
|6||Theo Turner||1903 - 1905||Republican|
|7||Robert S. Bragaw||1905 - 1909||Republican|
|8||S.D. Taylor||1909 - 1913||Republican|
|9||Fred L. Huston||1913 - 1917||Republican|
|10||Clarence Van Deusen||1917 - 1919||Democratic|
|11||Edward G. Gallett||1919 - 1933||Republican|
|12||Harry C. Parsons||1933 - 1939||Democratic|
|13||Calvin E. Wright||1939 - 1945||Democratic|
|14||Ernest G. Hansen||1945 - 1947||Democratic|
|15||N.P. Nielson||1947 - 1957||Republican|
|16||Rulon Swensen||1957 - 1959||Republican|
|17||Joe R. Williams||1959 - 1989||Democratic|
|18||J.D. Williams||1989 - 2002||Democratic|
|19||Keith Johnson||2002 - 2007||Republican|
|20||Donna M. Jones||2007 -||Republican|
|21||Brandon Woolf||2012 -||Republican|
There were nine auditors of the Idaho Territory between 1863 and 1891. The office was an appointed, non-partisan position at this time.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1863-1891|
|1||John M. Bacon||1863|
|2||Benjamin F. Lamkin||1863-1867|
|3||Horace B. Lane||1867|
|4||William R. Bishop||1867|
|5||Daniel Cram||1868 - 1875|
|6||Joseph Perrault||1875 - 1881|
|7||James L. Onderdonk||1881 - 1885|
|8||Silas W. Moody||1885 - 1887|
|9||J.H. Wickersham||1887 - 1891|
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700 W. State St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0011
Phone: 208 334-3100
- ↑ The Oregonian, "Idaho Senate confirms appointment of new state controller," January 28, 2013
- ↑ Office of the Idaho Controller, "Duties of the State Controller," accessed September 29, 2011.
- ↑ Budget Publications, “State of Idaho 2012 Legislative Fiscal Report for Fiscal Year 2013,” 6.21, accessed June 20, 2013.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Idaho Office of the State Comptroller, "History," accessed August 9, 2013
- ↑ California Digital Newspaper Collection, "Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 96, Number 8, 29 August 1898," accessed August 9, 2013
- ↑ Ebooksread.com, "An illustrated history of north Idaho : embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho," 106, accessed August 9, 2013