Judge orders Caseyville to keep police chief on the job until hearing

News-DemocratMarch 6, 2014 

Caseyville -- Police Chief Jose Alvarez will remain on the job -- for now.

After a closed door meeting, the Village Board emerged and voted unanimously in favor of keeping Alvarez as the village chief until the March 29 board meeting.

A huge crowd gathered Wednesday night at Village Hall for the committee meeting expecting to hear Alvarez's fate.

But, it didn't happen that way.

Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black read a prepared statement at the beginning of the meeting: "As you all are aware, Chief Alvarez served the village with a temporary restraining order concerning his employment. The court order and personnel issues prevent me from addressing anything concerning Chief Alvarez during this meeting. Thank you for your understanding."

Board members declined to comment.

A hearing is at 10 a.m. Friday before St. Clair County Judge Stephen McGlynn, who will decide if Alvarez was properly fired.

McGlynn issued the temporary restraining order on Tuesday. His order said Alvarez has the right to due process and the right to earn a living. It also said it's possible that the village violated terms of Alvarez's contract.

Black has fired Alvarez twice in the past month and twice the Village Board has supported Alvarez.

Alvarez was hired last year after the previous chief, J.D. Roth, committed suicide.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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