BOISE — Former state Sen. John McGee of Caldwell has been hired as the new vice president of development for the Boise Rescue Mission.
The Rescue Mission announced the hiring Tuesday. McGee will replace Jason Billester who served in that position for nine years. Billester is leaving to take a new role in his church, according to the Rescue Mission.
“I’m honored by the opportunity that Reverend Roscoe and the Boise Rescue Mission have given me to serve the community in this capacity,” McGee said in a statement. “The Mission’s focus on service and redemption are ideas that are particularly close to me and I look forward to helping the Mission continue to serve those in our community who are in need.”
McGee was a state senator for eight years, but he resigned from office in 2012 after sexually harassing a staffer. McGee served 39 days in jail for the offense and violating his probation. Prior to that, McGee was arrested and charged with misdemeanor drunk driving and felony grand theft in 2011.
McGee kept a low profile following the incidents, but he resurfaced in 2014 when he took a leadership role in efforts to revitalize downtown Caldwell. In an interview with the Press-Tribune at the time, McGee spoke about this efforts to move forward and become involved in the community.
“I’ve know John for over a decade and like many, recognize his unique talents and abilities,” the Rev. Bill Roscoe, CEO of the Boise Rescue Mission, said in a statement. “We will miss Jason and we appreciate the great work he has done here, but we are thrilled that John has decided to join us and become part of the Rescue Mission team.”
According to a press release from the Rescue Mission, McGee has over 20 years of public relations and development experience. He served as president of the McGee Group, a public relations and marketing company, that has consulted companies and public officials on communication and outreach efforts.
The Boise Rescue Mission serves people who are homeless and struggling with addiction in Nampa, Boise and the surrounding areas.