CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The mayor of the southern Illinois city of Caseyville named a new police chief, filling a post made vacant by the June suicide of the previous chief.

Mayor Len Black on Wednesday named Jose Alvarez, who has 35 years of law enforcement experience, to the post. The 61-year-old Alvarez is deputy chief of investigations with the St. Clair County State’s attorney’s office.

Former chief J.D. Roth died in June from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Fairview Heights home. Authorities said “a large sum of money” and multiple guns were discovered inside a safe at Roth’s home.

Prosecutors had charged him with felony misconduct, alleging he made personal use of luggage bought with village funds. Roth was on paid administrative when he died.

Alvarez was sworn in Wednesday.

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