East St. Louis appoints new assistant police chief

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) _ A longtime officer with the East St. Louis Police Department is replacing the assistant chief who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

Roy Mickens was sworn in as the department’s new assistant chief Monday after 19 years with the force.

Mayor Alvin Parks said last week that Ronald Ike had resigned as assistant chief following an independent investigation requested by the city. He is accused of sexually harassing a female City Hall employee during the beginning of a summer youth program. Parks didn’t specify the results of the investigation but said they were shared with the city and Ike.

Ike had been with the police department for about 19 years.