Idaho Controller

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Idaho Controller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Brandon Woolf
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  October 15, 2012
Compensation:  $93,756
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  Appointed to fill vacancy
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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. 2006, 2010, 2014, 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 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]


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 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.

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 [[Idaho Change State Auditor Title, SJR 109|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]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

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

Contact Information

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

Phone: 208 334-3100

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