Former Caseyville police chief Jose Alvarez broke an
agreement to settle his termination suit for $37,500, mayor Leonard Black
alleged on July 5.
Black moved to enforce an agreement he claimed to have
reached with Alvarez on May 4, in proceedings before St. Clair County Circuit
Judge Stephen McGlynn.
Village counsel Brian Manion wrote, “The terms of the
settlement were agreed to on the record by the parties and their counsel before
According to Manion, the agreement provided
$25,000 to Alvarez and $12,500 to his lawyer, Robert Jones of Belleville.
McGlynn won’t resolve the dispute, for he immediately
In his previous docket entry, on June 1, McGlynn wrote,
“Plaintiff has not executed settlement release as of yet.”
Black appointed Alvarez in 2013, at a time of tense
transition in Caseyville.
That spring, Black had defeated incumbent mayor George
That summer, police chief J. D. Roth had committed suicide.
The new team didn’t relieve the tension, and Black soon
tried to fire Alvarez.
In March 2014, Alvarez sued Black and the village in chancery
court to keep his job.
Black then provided Alvarez with 13 reasons the village trustees
would consider when deciding whether to fire him.
The trustees reviewed the list with Alvarez at a hearing
that November, and they voted against him by four to two.
Alvarez yielded the office but persisted in his suit,
constantly amending the complaint.
He added trustee Rick Casey Jr. as an individual defendant
along with Black.
He added to his claims under state law a claim of property
deprivation under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
That prompted Black to remove the action to U. S. district
court, where he moved to dismiss the action.
District Judge Phil Gilbert dismissed the constitutional
claim and remanded the action to St. Clair County.
“Judge McGlynn has invested substantial resources in
overseeing this case since its inception,” Gilbert wrote.
“It would be far more efficient to let Judge McGlynn decide
the state law issues in this case,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, in St. Clair County, Chief Judge Judge John
Baricevic had transferred the chancery court docket from McGlynn to Circuit
Judge Robert LeChien.
Alvarez and Black jointly requested that McGlynn remain on
the case, and Baricevic granted the request.
As of July 7, Baricevic had not assigned a judge to replace