Who's (Really) The Boss? 

if you want the job done right, ask a Citizen

Butch is the guy who gets the governor's mansion (even though he doesn't stay there), and Dave is the man with the corner office at Boise City Hall. But we have learned that a select group of men and women—artists, athletes, caregivers, creators, peacemakers, politicians, self-starters, scientists and more—are the ones who really get the job done. Of the hundreds of these people we have talked to over the years (some of them Idahoans, some of them visitors), here is a look back at a few. These are the real bosses, the people we call Boise Weekly Citizens:

Lee Schatz

Citizen: 10-31-2012

In our opinion, the word "hero" is tossed around too liberally. But we would have no problem using it to describe Idahoan Lee Schatz.

Schatz served the pursuit of peace as a U.S. embassy worker in Iran as that nation was crumbling during at the height of the 1979-80 uprising and hostage crisis. More importantly, he became part of what would be one of the most daring rescues in modern history: an undercover CIA operative helped six Americans escape the embassy after it was overtaken by revolutionaries. Few people knew of the plan, including Schatz. That is, until the release of Argo, a movie directed by and starring Ben Affleck, which won the 2013 Best Picture Oscar. We asked Schatz if he ever envisioned a day when he would return to Iran.

"I watched the [U.S.] flag being torn down on the embassy. And what I've always hoped I was going to have a chance to do in my career was to see an [American] flag going up on a facility [in Iran]. Because I really do believe that these are two counties that should be talking to each other, rather than at each other."

Bishop Brian Thom

Citizen: 10-23-2012

Bishop Brian Thom is also a peacemaker. He's a faith leader for 5,000 Idaho Episcopalians and he oversees 30 congregations across Southern Idaho. We were intrigued by his comments regarding why some of our neighbors can be so cruel with their rhetoric on certain issues.

"People are afraid, and they put walls up, speaking of immigration. And then they make things back and white, and that's usually when somebody gets left out or gets hurt. I don't know if it's intentional. But I do think they're afraid; and when they can't see a way out, they raise the walls up and put on their emotional armor. The church will be what God needs it to be. In terms of why it's so hard to be a human being right now, I think it's because people are afraid. I promise you that if you go out and serve other people, you will find God in that."

Sally Jeffcoat

Citizen: 5-16-2012

Sally Jeffcoat served as CEO of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, which provides care for nearly 300,000 people a year, from 2009 until her promotion in July 2014 to the position of executive vice president CHE Trinity Health West/Midwest Group—Saint Al's parent company. We wanted to know how she balanced faith and stewardship.

"I see it as a sacred thing—caring with dignity. I get a little philosophical about it at times. I think it's really important to interact with as many people as possible. And part of that is being a faith-based organization. I hope that at least once every day somebody feels that I bring God's presence into the room with me."

Mike Masterson
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