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Ill. chief back on job after being fired twice

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:45 a.m. CST

CASEYVILLE – A southwestern Illinois police chief who's been fired and reinstated twice since last month will keep his job.

Caseyville's village board on Wednesday night decided to give Jose Alvarez another chance, setting aside his outburst at a board meeting last month after Mayor Leonard Black fired him for a second time since Feb. 12.

Black says he hopes to smooth out differences with Alvarez. Alvarez says Wednesday night's decision leaves him feeling "great," and that he can continue with his projects.

Both times that Black had fired Alvarez, the village's governing board reinstated him. A St. Clair County judge ultimately intervened, issuing a temporary order putting Alvarez on the job.

Alvarez was hired last September after his predecessor killed himself.

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