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What does the State Controller control?

Brandon Woolf, current State Controller, runs uncontested for this upcoming election.

He has held this position since 2012, after being appointed as the interim controller by Governor Butch Otter.

“I have been in the office for 21 years. I started as an intern and worked my way up and had different opportunities. I have been the controller for the last six years, and so that has prepared me for this point.” Woolf said.

The state controller is a part of the executive branch and is the chief fiscal officer for the Idaho state government.

According to the state controller’s website, the main responsibilities include maintaining all accounting and financial records, paying all the state’s bills and employees and preparing the state’s annual financial report

“We pay all the state employees, and there are 25,000 state employees we pay bi-weekly. I also do the accounts payable for the state meaning I pay all the states bills. Roughly $9 billion run through our office,” Woolf said.

His office also operates the state’s Computer Service Center.

“I have a large IT department as well to help maintain those financial systems,” Woolf said.

One part of the state controller’s functions is to identify statewide fraud and inform the citizens of scams.

“We do a monthly newsletter call First Friday Fraud Facts to help all the accounting department throughout the state,” Woolf said.

In addition to these responsibilities, the state controller is a part of several state committees including Idaho’s State Board of Land Commissioners, which is in charge of state-owned lands for schools and state hospitals.

Woolf is listed as a Republican, and he said money is green, not blue or red.

“I take pride in doing my job with integrity and with the right ethics is what I feel is important,” Woolf said.

His goals as the state controller are to be transparent in his dealings with government funds. He also seeks to save taxpayer dollars and reduce the cost of government spending.

“We created a transparency website, and it helps people to look up what state employees are paid and see how state agencies spend their money. Every night it is refreshed with the latest data,” Woolf said.

His team plans to improve the website in the next months to make it more detailed and user-friendly.

“People’s trust in government is at an all-time low and one way to help build that back up is through transparency. People have the right to know how their money is being spent,” Woolf said.

For more information about candidates running for state offices this election visit idahovotes.gov.

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