Caseyville police chief fired for 3rd time

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CASEYVILLE, IL. (KTVI) – Embattled Caseyville, IL, Police Chief, Jose Alvarez is once again the former police chief.

He was fired for the third time in three months Wednesday night.

He could still end up getting his job back.

Alvarez attorney, Robert Jones, said calling Wednesday night’s proceedings a circus would be “putting it kindly.”

Alvarez faces 13 allegations from using foul language -- to failure to wear his uniform -- as grounds for dismissal.

Jones said a closed-door hearing before the board of trustees was not a hearing at all.

The chief asked for a continuance, which the board denied.  The board then voted 4-3 to fire him.

Mayor, Len Black, who’d led the charge to get rid of Alvarez, cast the deciding vote.

“He was difficult.  He has a terrible temper,” Black said of Alvarez.  “We just had a difficult time.  Most of the police officers were not willing to work well with him.  We kept having problems over and over and over.”

Alvarez faces misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges for a tirade at a February board meeting, during which he bumped a police officer and pointed his finger in the mayor’s face.

That was after the mayor fired him the first time.

The firing came after Alvarez recommended the dismissal of probationary officer Stephen Romanik, son of the mayor’s friend, Bob Romanik.

The board reinstated Alvarez.

The mayor fired him again after the tirade.

A St. Clair County judge then temporarily reinstated him over due process concerns.

Jones said the latest firing only added to those concerns and Alvarez would take action to seek the chief’s job for a 4th time.

“Right back to square 1 it appears,” Jones said.  “I can anticipate within the next few days to be back in the circuit court. But then again also he has a right before the board of fire and police.  He has to have a fair and impartial hearing within 30 days.  They can either reject or accept this or suspend him or do any of a number of other things pursuant to the municipal code.”

Alvarez attorney was in court Wednesday, entering a not guilty plea on the misdemeanor charges.  The trial is set for September.

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