Longtime aide to Idaho controllers returns
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A longtime aide to the Idaho state controller is returning to the office.
Dan Goicoechea was appointed Thursday by Controller Brandon Woolf as his chief deputy.
Goicoechea previously held the position under controllers Keith Johnson and Donna Jones.
Woolf replaced Jones earlier this year after she was severely injured in an automobile accident.
Since 2011, Goicoechea had been working as director of government affairs for Paris Hills Agricom, a proposed phosphate mining project in southeastern Idaho near the northwestern shores of Bear Lake.
The controller's office is responsible for paying state employees and the states bills, as well as maintaining Idaho's largest data center.
Goicoechea says he's happy to be returning to the ranks of state employees, where he says he hopes to help Woolf boost transparency of Idaho's government.