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What will Alvin Park's return to city government mean for East St. Louis

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Former East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks was hired as the town's new city manager on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Former East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks was hired as the town's new city manager on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

Changes may be coming to East St. Louis with former mayor Alvin Parks return to city government 

Thursday night before a small crowd at city hall, Parks was greeted with cheers and boos.  He said he understand the reaction due to the circumstances surrounding his last election.

"My reaction is when you look at what was taking place. We had a very contentious election, an election where I was taken to the Supreme Court and kicked off the ballot," said Parks.

Parks said he looks forward working with the current city mayor Emeka Jackson, but Thursday she said she doesn't believe he wants to work with her.

He said he's aware that East St. Louis has its share of problems and plans to face them head on.

"We'll there are several things we are going to look at but the most important piece is in city government is making sure you have a public health and public safety network," said Parks.

As city manager, Parks has the authority to hire and fire city officials.  Sources told News 4 he plans on firing the current police chief Michael Hubbard.  When asked if that was true, Parks didn't give a direct answer.

"We have to look at a lot of situations and make evaluations on how we are going, but I do police Hubbard is a very good man. Specifically on that situation I can't tell you how that's going to go," said Parks.

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