This undated photo shows Michael Baxton, former police chief of Alorton, Ilinois. He was removed from office on October 17, 2011 after an investigation into a felony conviction in his background. By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV.com) -- Following an investigation into Michael Baxton's sketchy criminal record, the on and off again police chief was hired as the police chief of East St. Louis.
Baxton was formerly the police chief in Alorton, Illinois. Baxton was sworn in as the East St. Louis police chief during a non-formal ceremony on Wednesday morning.
In October, Baxton was removed from his office by Alorton's Mayor Randy McCallum after questions arose about his criminal history. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board launched an investigation into Baxton's past after News 4 reported he had been a convicted felon for seven years. The board ultimately revoked Baxton's certification to be a police officer.
According to court records, Baxton was a convicted felon. He was convicted for two counts of burglary, but somehow got his conviction vacated by a judge and his record expunged.
Baxton appealed the ILETSB's decision and was re-certified in November as a police officer after St. Clair County judge Stephen McGlinn ordered his re-certification. McGlinn wrote, "ILETSB actions have resulted in significant damage to Mr. Baxton. He lost employment. He was falsely designated a liar and a felon." The judge also directed the Circuit Clerk to "seal the entire record received from ILETSB and keep it under seal."
East St. Louis and Alorton city officials have not made a formal announcement or commented on Baxton's reinstatement.