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
Brandon D Woolf, Idaho's 21st State Controller, grew up on a dairy farm in Preston, Idaho, graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and earned a Master of Business Administration from Boise State University.
Mr. Woolf was appointed to fill the remainder of his predecessor’s term in 2012, and confirmed as State Controller by a unanimous vote of the Idaho State Senate. He was subsequently elected by the people of Idaho to a full term of office in 2014.
As State Controller, Mr. Woolf is responsible for accounting for all state expenditures by providing accounting services to state agencies, processing payroll for approximately 25,000 state employees, and operating the state’s largest data center. Additionally, he serves on the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners, as Secretary to the Idaho Board of Examiners, and on other state boards and commissions.
Hallmarks of Mr. Woolf’s administration include initiatives to improve government transparency, efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs via the consolidation of state IT infrastructure services, and work to modernize the delivery of the accounting and payroll services provided by the State Controller’s Office. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Mr. Woolf is committed to ensuring every cent of the taxpayers’ money is fully accounted for in accordance with the law.
Mr. Woolf and his wife Janalee have three children, are active in their church, and volunteer with a variety of community and political organizations.
Chief of Staff Joshua Whitworth
Division of Administration
Deputy Chief of Staff/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 Scott Smith
Division of Statewide Payroll
Deputy Controller Patrick Hodges
Division of Statewide Accounting
As Division Administrator over the State Controller’s Division of Statewide Accounting, Patrick Hodges oversees statewide financial reporting, internal control systems, the management and development of statewide accounting systems, and the daily operations of statewide accounting processes.
Patrick, who holds an undergraduate degree in production and operations management and a Master in Business Administration from Boise State University, started his career in state government at the State Controller’s office in 1999. Immediately prior to rejoining the Controller’s office, Patrick served as Deputy Director at the Idaho Department of Lands.
Deputy Controller Tammy Shipman
Division of Computer Services
Tammy Shipman, a twenty-five year veteran of the State Controller's Office, first joined the office as a data production controller and worked her way up through the ranks, previously serving as Bureau Chief over the agency's Computer Operations bureau immediately prior to her current appointment.
The Division of Computer Services provides technology services to state agencies throughout Idaho. The division is fully self-supporting, funded solely from funds generated by providing high quality, measured services. The division also maintains the largest data center infrastructure in Idaho state government.