Police chief still on job after being fired twice

CASEYVILLE, Ill. - Is he or isn't he? That's the question in one local town. Is Jose Alvarez the Caseyville police chief? The mayor has fired him twice and now a circuit judge ordered him back on the job for now.

The Caseyville Board of Trustees ordered a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the chief's suspension, but no decisions were made.

The mayor say he wants the chief gone for many reasons including an outburst at a board meeting last month.

Mayor Len Black hired him, but he says he had good recommendations from county leaders. The mayor first fired Chief Alvarez on February 12, but the board unanimously voted to keep Alvarez as the chief.

The next week Chief Alvarez made that appearance shown above during a board meeting which then led to the mayor again firing him.

Meanwhile, Chief Alvarez asked for a restraining order and it was granted, which helps him continue as chief at least for now.

"Stop the silliness of getting fired today, working three days and getting fired again," said Chief Alvarez.

"Look at it like maybe a baseball player that comes up from the minor leagues, some of them make it and some of them don't," saidMayor Black.

The police chief and the village will go before a judge at a hearing on Friday at 10 a.m.


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