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UPDATE: Raleigh County EOC Board Upholds Former Deputy Director’s Termination

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UPDATE: (3/5/2019 at 3:20 pm) RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Raleigh County EOC Board has announced that Mark Wilson will not be getting his job back.

A meeting was held back on February 25, 2019, to discuss an appeal by Wilson. The Board has decided to uphold his termination.

A new deputy director has not been announced yet.

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UPDATE: (2/25/2019 at 7 pm) RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Raleigh County EOC held a meeting to discuss a former deputy director’s appeal decision after he was fired.

Mark Wilson was fired after he made a racial post saying, “Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would’ve looked more like this!” and it showed mounted heads on a wall in his picture.

The board went into executive session to discuss Wilson’s appeal. A decision on whether to hire Wilson back has not been decided yet.

A date has not yet been set for when the decision will be made and right now, Wilson’s job is posted for someone to apply to internally.

Stay with WOAY News as we continue to follow this story.

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UPDATE: (2/20/2019 at 2:30 pm) RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A former Raleigh EOC Deputy Director is likely to appeal a decision that caused him to be fired.

The Raleigh County Emergency Operations Services held a meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, to set a special meeting to discuss a likely appeal from Mark Wilson, a former deputy director.  Wilson was fired after he made a racial post saying, “Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would’ve looked more like this!” and it showed mounted heads on a wall in his picture.

The meeting will take place on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 5 pm at the Raleigh County 911 Center in Beaver.

John Zilinski, EOC Director, received an appeal letter from Wilson and has requested a special meeting.

The board meeting will be in private but once a decision is made on what to do, it will be made public that night.

Stay with WOAY News as we continue to follow this story.

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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.

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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.

 



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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