CASEYVILLE, Ill. -- A judge has ruled that a southwestern Illinois village’s police chief the mayor has fired twice in the past month must stay on the job at least until a court hearing on the matter Friday.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday in Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez’s favor.
Mayor Leonard Black fired Alvarez last month, but the village’s governing board reinstated him. Black fired Alvarez again last week.
McGlynn’s order says Alvarez has the right to due process and to earn a living. The judge also questions whether the village violated Alvarez’s contract.
The village’s attorney, John Gilbert, says he’s received McGlynn’s order and the village will be represented at Friday’s hearing. He declined additional comment.