CASEYVILLE — Mayor Leonard Black on Wednesday said he fired Police Chief Jose Alvarez, who was hired in September.
Alvarez told the News-Democrat he did not know anything about Black's announcement.
"I wanted to go in a different direction with the administration of the police department," Black said.
Before taking the Caseyville job, Alvarez was deputy chief of investigations with the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office.
Alvarez replaced former Caseyville police chief J.D. Roth, who took his own life June 13 at his home in Fairview Heights after being suspended and facing criminal charges in relation to misappropriation of village property.
The News Democrat obtained a copy of Alvarez's contract. It says the police chief serves at the will of the mayor. It also says that Alvarez was being paid an annual salary of $70,000 and a host of benefits.
Further, the contract says that "Either party may terminate this agreement upon 30 days written notice to the other party." Black said the village was satisfying this by paying Alvarez for the 30 days.
But, the close of the business day was Alvarez's last official day as chief of police in Caseyville. Before Wednesday's move, Alvarez's contract was to end Sept. 17, 2015.
Veteran Caseyville Police Sgt. Frank Moore, who took over as interim chief when Roth took his life, was named late Wednesday evening by Black as the interim chief of police for the department.