The Return of John McGee


John McGee's multiple mugshots. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
  • Ada County Sheriff's Department
  • John McGee's multiple mugshots.

Where, oh where have you been, John McGee?

Apparently, attempting to rehabilitate his public name in the city of Caldwell.

An article in this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports how downtown Caldwell saw the demolition of the former's King's building on Monday and now the city is deciding what should replace the rubble. And the Downtown Caldwell Organization reportedly has a plan that include a new civic plaza for the site.

And it turns out that the organization's chairman is none other than John McGee, the former state senator who has more mug shots than yearbook photos.

Two years ago, McGee was known as prisoner No. 1040568 at the  Ada County Jail, where he made a few appearances, beginning with a 2011 Father's Day drunken-driving incident, and ending with his resignation from office after sexually harassing a female staffer at the Idaho Capitol. According to the staffer, McGee exposed himself, asked for sex, and groped the subordinate. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for that one, but after 44 days behind bars, he was released "for good behavior." In addition to his jail time, McGee was ordered to attend classes on healthy relationship and appropriate boundaries.

But now, McGee is chairman of the Downtown Caldwell Organization, which has designs on revitalizing its downtown core.

"There's a lot of momentum now for making this plaza a reality and having an economic engine in the middle of our downtown," McGee told the Press-Tribune.

McGee is particularly interested in bringing a man by the name of Roger Brooks to the city. Brooks is a so-called "branding expert" and is being paid about $65,000 to come to Caldwell for a three-day workshop in September. 

"I think the time is right for Caldwell to bring Roger in and learn from the success he's had in other communities," McGee told the Press-Tribune.

And apparently McGee thinks the time is right for him to go public as well.