(KMOV) – A local police chief with only five months on the job suddenly ordered to turn over his gun and badge after being terminated on Wednesday.
The Mayor of Caseyville Len Black said he planned this for a week claiming now-former chief José Alvarez was not a good administrator.
Chief Alvarez was clearly frustrated and upset with his sudden firing by Mayor Black when News 4’s Matt Sczesny caught up with him at Pere Marquette state Park.
"He wanted the board to hire an assistant chief at $60,000 a year, plus a car, benefits plus everything," said Mayor Black.
Alvarez disputes that and says he did everything to try and effectively fight crime in Caseyville and help the department recover from the suicide last year of former chief JD Roth who was accused of misusing village property.
Ironically the mayor says Alvarez did a good job fighting crime - almost too well.
"I didn't like the fact he did drug raids at 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning, we've got two sergeants, they should spend more time. He should spend more time in the office where the public can see him," said Black.
For now the public will see Sergeant Frank Moore as interim chief and Alvarez said he likely won’t go quietly, hinting he may send the mayor and the Village of Caseyville a costly legal fight.