UPDATE: Raleigh County 911 Deputy Director Fired After Racial Post

UPDATE: (2/7/19 at 3:40 pm) RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A 911 deputy director who posted a racial post of mounted heads, has been fired.

According to John Zilinski, Raleigh County 911 Director, Mark Wilson, who was the deputy director has been fired from his job.  This firing comes after a social media post made by Wilson showing mounted heads on a wall.  The post was made after Wilson said, “BE THANKFUL DONAL TRUMP IS BUILDING THE WALL! MINE WOULD LOOK MORE LIKE THIS!”

A release says an interim deputy director will be appointed to ensure all duties are being handled until the time of a permanent replacement.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story.


RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A 911 director who posted racial post of mounted heads, has been placed on leave.

A release was sent out by 911 Director John Zilinski, after Deputy Director, Mark Wilson, made a racial post.

The statement reads as follows:   “Any posts made to any form of Social Media by any employee, relative of an employee, or friend of an employee that works at Raleigh County Emergency Services are not in any way or means the views of the agency.

Raleigh County Emergency Services Authority has a mission to protect the life and property of the residents of our county and its visitors.  We are an agency to promote peace and well-being for all people regardless of Race, Religion, Sex, Age, Handicap, Political or Religious beliefs or National Origin.”

Stay with WOAY for further updates on this developing story.

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