Southern Illinois village fires police chief for third time in 3 months
CASEYVILLE - For the third time in as many months, a southwestern Illinois village has fired its police chief. On Wednesday, Caseyville officials voted to fire Jose Alvarez again. Alvarez has been fired, then reinstated twice since February. He's been on paid administrative leave for the past three weeks in response to being charged with two misdemeanors in April.
Mayor Len Black cast the deciding vote in the decision, saying that Alvarez had a "terrible temper" and most of the village's police officers didn't want to work with him. However Alvarez's attorney, Robert Jones, says he plans to challenge the vote because village officials violated the municipal code and didn't give Alvarez a chance to publicly defend himself.