Former Alorton police chief removed from office because of felony conviction

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Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:15 AM

(KMOV) – One of the leading candidates for the job of East St. Louis police chief can no longer serve as a law officer in Illinois.

Three days ago, the state decertified Michael Baxton.

He was the police chief in Alorton, Illinois until the village got word today. Monday night, Baxton was removed as chief.

Alorton Mayor Randy McCallum says Baxton is on unpaid administrative leave and will be allowed to plead his case.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board made the decision. It launched its probe after News 4 reported Baxton had been a convicted felon for seven years, but got the conviction thrown out for undisclosed reasons.

Read the letter regarding Baxton's decertification here.

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