Idaho Controller

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Idaho Controller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $13,407,200
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Brandon woolf.jpeg
Name:  Brandon Woolf
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  October 15, 2012
Compensation:  $101,150
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Idaho Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerControllerSuperintendent of Public InstructionAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorDirector of LandsLabor DirectorPublic Utilities Commission
The Controller of the State of Idaho is the chief fiscal officer of Idaho, responsible for paying the state's bills, maintaining accounting and financial records and preparing the state's annual financial report. The controller is a statewide constitutional office; as such, he is elected every four years during federal midterm election years (e.g. 2018, 2020 and 2024, etc.). However, the controller, unlike other Idaho state executives, is limited to two terms in office.

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.

Current officeholder

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 (R) 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.[1] Woolf won election to a full term in 2014.


The office of controller is established by the Idaho Constitution.

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

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


Per Article IV, Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution, a candidate for controller is required to be:

  • at least 25 years old
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 3

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 state government organizational chart

Idaho elects controllers to four-year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all election years. Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election.

If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.


See also: Idaho down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Incumbent Brandon Woolf (R) won re-election without opposition on November 4, 2014.

Term limits

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[2]

State budget

See also: Idaho state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Controller in Fiscal Year 2013 was $13,407,200.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executives in Idaho are determined by the Idaho State Legislature. Salaries cannot be increased or decreased during the current terms of affected officers. In 2014, state legislators passed a bill authorizing annual salaries for executives from 2015 through 2018.[4]


In 2014, the controller received a salary of $101,150, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the controller received a salary of $99,450. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the controller was paid an estimated $93,756. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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 controllers and auditors since 1891. Of the 21 officeholders, 12 were Republican, six were Democrat, one switched from Democrat to Populist, one was Silver Republican and one switched between Populist, Democratic and Silver Republican.[7][8][9]

Idaho Territory

There were nine auditors of the Idaho Territory between 1863 and 1891. The office was an appointed, nonpartisan position at this time.[7]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Idaho + Controller + Woolf

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Idaho Controller News Feed

  • Loading...

Contact Information

700 W. State St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0011

Phone: 208 334-3100

See also

External links

Suggest a link