Leading the way, the Office of the State Controller takes pride in the dedication and performance of these key people who help guide the controller's staff and provide effective accounting, administrative, personnel/payroll and computer services to our state government and the citizens of Idaho.
State Controller Brandon D Woolf
After graduating from Utah State University in 1997, Mr. Woolf interned at the Idaho State Controller’s Office, and rose through the ranks serving as a training specialist in the office’s Division of Statewide Payroll, bureau chief, division administrator over Statewide Payroll and deputy chief of staff.
He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Boise State University in 2006 while working full time at the State Controller’s Office.
In 2011 Mr. Woolf was appointed chief of staff for State Controller Donna Jones. Following her automobile accident in May 2012, Governor Otter, at State Controller Jones’ recommendation, appointed him temporary acting State Controller. Following Ms. Jones’ retirement in October of 2012, Governor Otter appointed Mr. Woolf as permanent State Controller to serve the remainder of Ms. Jones’ term, which expires in January of 2015.
Mr. Woolf and his wife Janalee, who is from Preston, Idaho, married in 1994 and have three children: Brittney, Justin, and Bailey. Mr. Woolf and his family are actively involved in their church and its youth groups. He’s also an avid runner and speaks, reads and writes Dutch fluently.
Chief Deputy Controller Dan Goicoechea
Division of Administration/Division of Computer Services
Mr. Goicoechea is responsible for the day to day operation of the Controller’s office and provides supervision over statewide accounting, reporting/review, internal controls, statewide payroll, Employee Information Systems, State Computer Service Center, Idaho Land Board, Board of Examiners, security, and all special investigations conducted by the Controller’s office.
For nine years Mr. Goicoechea worked as Chief Deputy under the administrations of State Controllers Donna M. Jones and Keith Johnson, and served as CIO over the agency’s data center. Immediately prior to his return to the Controller’s office, Mr. Goicoechea was Vice President over Governmental Affairs and Corporate Affairs for Paris Hills Agricom.
Mr. Goicoechea, a United States Army National Guard veteran, Patton Award recipient, and honor graduate of the US Army Reconnaissance School has a wide range of private and public sector experience. This includes serving as the Western States Government Liaison for Dupont, Director of Information and Division Administrator for the Idaho Farm Bureau, Assistant Director for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Deputy for the Ada County Sheriff, and Chief of Photography and Assistant Managing Editor for KING Broadcasting KTVB.
Assistant Chief Deputy/Counsel Brian Benjamin
Division of Administration
Brian Benjamin received his Bachelor of Science in Business in 1993 from the University of Idaho and his Juris Doctorate in 1996 from the University of Idaho, College of Law.
Brian joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2001 in the Civil Litigation Division, where he focused primarily on public employment and personnel law. He advised state agencies in personnel matters and represented state agencies in contested cases before the Idaho Personnel Commission, Idaho Human Rights Commission, EEOC and state and federal courts. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Brian practiced in the private sector with the Lewiston law firm of Randall, Blake & Cox, P.A. where he practiced general civil and criminal litigation. Brian is licensed to practice in Idaho and Washington and is a former member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and Washington Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to serving as Counsel for the office, Brian assists the State Controller in fulfilling his statutory and constitutional duties on the Board of Examiners and Land Board, and as Social Security Administrator for the State of Idaho.
Deputy Controller Audrey Musgrave
Division of Statewide Payroll
For more than 31 years, Audrey Musgrave has worked in the State Controller’s Division of Statewide Payroll. Entering service in 1980 as an Employee Information Specialist, she moved through the ranks, most recently leading the division’s Payroll Processing Bureau, before being promoted to Division Administrator.
In her early days in the Controller’s Office, payroll was predominately a manual affair dominated by handwritten and filed paper payroll index cards with microfiche archives. Through the years she’s participated in adapting from manual processes to mainframe and PC based technologies, and to the present web-based payroll processing tools. Audrey’s played a vital part in change management, and advocated for performance improvement by utilizing new technology.
As Division Administrator Audrey ensures state agencies comply with state and federal payroll regulations, and makes payroll for Idaho’s state employees accurately and on-time. To reach these ends she relies on her extensive experience, considerable management skills, and deep knowledge of payroll and human resources regulations.
Audrey is a Certified Public Manager and earned a Micro MBA from Boise State University in 2001.
Deputy Controller Merideth Hackney
Division of Statewide Accounting
Merideth Hackney, a 30 year veteran of the State Controller’s Office, leads the agency’s Division of Statewide Accounting. As Division Administrator she oversees statewide financial reporting, internal control systems, the management and development of statewide accounting systems, and the daily operations of statewide accounting processes.
Previously, she served as bureau chief over Accounting Systems Administration, and is responsible for producing the State of Idaho’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This first CAFR, published in 1996, earned the Government Financial Officers Association’s coveted Certificate of Excellence. Based on the foundation Merideth built, each subsequent annual CAFR published by the state has earned this prestigious award.
Merideth, a Certified Government Financial Manager, earned recognition from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) as a Financial Manager of the Year, and received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Comptroller’s for her leadership of the Multi-State Consortium on Internal Control.
Deputy Controller Scott Phillips
Boards & Commissions
Scott Phillips serves as the Deputy Controller over Boards & Commissions for State Controller Brandon Woolf, and handles many communication matters for the office. Before serving in the Jones administration, he was a deputy chief of staff in the office of Governor Jim Risch. Previously, he worked as a political consultant and technology company executive.