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WV 911 official investigated for Facebook post about President Trump’s wall

Raleigh County deputy director on administrative leave

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The deputy director of Raleigh County, West Virginia’s 911 system is the latest SMACSS victim. For those not in the know, SMACSS is Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome. Mark Wilson is on administrative leave following the Facebook post seen above.

David Horak, WVNS-TV:

A Raleigh County emergency operations center employee is in hot water over a racially-charged Facebook post, now the director of emergency services, John Zilinski, is speaking out.

“It’s something that this agency does not stand for,” Zilinski said.

Saturday, a post featuring a picture of a white man standing in front of a wall with the heads of multiple dark-skinned men mounted on it, with the caption, “be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this!,” appeared on the social media page of Assistant Director of the Raleigh County Emergency Operations Services, Mark Wilson.

Zilinski said they started an investigation, and Wilson was placed on administrative leave because of the post, which has since been taken down.

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WVVA-TV:

According to 911 Dir. John Zilinski, Deputy Dir. Mark Wilson has been relieved of his work duties pending an investigation.

“We have started an investigation and Mr. Wilson has been placed on administrative leave.”
A Facebook post appearing on Wilson’s personal Facebook page Saturday featured a man standing up against a wall with several heads. The caption read “Be thankful Donald Trump is building a wall. Mine would look more like this.”

Zilinkski said the post does not reflect the views of his department and went on to say:
“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.”

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