Raleigh County, W.Va. public official fired after controversial Facebook post

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- UPDATE: 2/8/2019, 2:50 p.m.
A public official in Raleigh, West Virginia is fired, after he posted a photo on Facebook of decapitated heads on a wall, with a caption about President Trump's proposed border wall.

The Raleigh County Office of Emergency Services says on Thursday it fired Deputy Emergency Services Director, Mark Wilson, days after he was suspended for posting an inappropriate photo on his Facebook page.

Wilson's Facebook post shows a photo of a white man standing in front of decapitated heads on a wall, with a caption that reads, BE THANKFUL DONALD TRUMP IS BUILDING THE WALL! MINE WOULD LOOK MORE LIKE THIS!"

President Trump has requested $5.7 billion to build about 235 miles of steel barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Wilson didn't respond to a request for comment on the situation.


ORIGINAL STORY 2/3/2019 3:13 p.m.
A deputy 911 director has been placed on administrative leave following an investigation into a racially charged Facebook post.

According to Beckley-Raleigh County Emergency Services Director John Zilinski, the department has placed Deputy Director Mark Wilson on leave during an investigation.

Wilson's Facebook post shows a photo of a white man standing in front of decapitated heads on a wall, with a caption that reads, BE THANKFUL DONALD TRUMP IS BUILDING THE WALL! MINE WOULD LOOK MORE LIKE THIS!"

Zelinski's statement reads in full;

"We have started an investigation and Mr. Wilson has been placed on administrative leave. 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.”

It is unclear what the investigation consists of and how long Wilson could be placed on leave.