Caseyville mayor casts tie-breaking vote to remove Alvarez as police chief

News DemocratMay 21, 2014 

— With the tie-breaking vote coming from Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, Jose Alvarez, became a former police chief Wednesday for the village of Caseyville.

Village Board members met in a closed door session at 5 p.m. and when they came from behind the doors, three village trustees voted for the termination -- Rick Casey, Jr., G.W. Scott, and Ron Tamburello. The dissenting votes came from Trustees Kerry Davis, Walter "Wally" Abernathy and Brenda Williams.

Alvarez could not be reached for comment.

Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black wouldn't say much about the firing. He would only say that he did what he felt was in the best interest of the village.

"I am just glad it is over. I am ready to move on," Black said.

Earlier in the day, Alvarez went to St. Clair County Court seeking to get a temporary restraining order from St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn.

Alvarez wanted the judge to issue an order disqualifying Casey from voting on his fate saying that he had investigated an EEOC complaint of harassment against Casey and after the investigation Casey was demoted. And, Alvarez wanted McGlynn to issue an order that would force village officials to wait until after he has had his day in court on the felony misdemeanors that he was recently charged with by a special prosecutor.

Alvarez, 61, of Smithton was charged by Special Prosecutor David Rands with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery. The charges came after an investigation by Rands of Alvarez's behavior at a Feb. 19 village board meeting.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly stepped away from the investigation of Alvarez because Alvarez is a former employee with his office.

McGlynn denied the injunction saying Alvarez had been given sufficient notice and that he had received notice of all of the complaints the board had concerning him.

"He was afforded sufficient due process and I can not step in and stop the statutory process since they were following the rules. Chief Alvarez is entitled to a hearing and to learn what the charges against him are, and they did that," McGlynn said.

Acting Chief Scott Miller will continue on in that role for the village, Black said.

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