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Mayor of Hamlin, WV asked to resign as pastor after deputies use church bus

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Mayor Chris Wilkinson was asked to resign as pastor of his church in Hamlin on Monday. Mayor Chris Wilkinson was asked to resign as pastor of his church in Hamlin on Monday.
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The mayor of Hamlin, WV was asked to resign as pastor of his church after he let Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies use the church bus in a drug bust.

Chris Wilkinson has a few jobs in Lincoln County.  He's the mayor, the Chief of Police, and up until Monday, was the pastor of Morningstar Community Church.  After being pastor for ten years, he said his congregation asked him to resign.  

He said the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department asked him if they could use the church's bus last Thursday.  Nine officers needed to get to a meth bust in Harts without being noticed.  Mayor Wilkinson said.  "Rumor had it that people living at the mouth of the holler were calling them people living up in the holler, telling them that the police were coming."

He said the officers parked their cruisers in Hamlin, and rode to the scene of the meth bust in the bus.  Three people were arrested on meth related charges as a result but Wilkinson said his congregation wasn't happy that the church bus was used by the Sheriff's Department.  Then, he said he got the phone call from a church member Monday night asking him to resign.

He said he stands by his decision.  The mayor said this wasn't the first time the bus was used in this capacity.  He said the State Police used it around three months ago and netted nine arrests.  "I just assumed since they didn't care that time, that they wouldn't care for me doing it again," said Wilkinson.  

He said he does not regret his decision, and would do it again if asked.  The mayor said the bus was paid for by bake sales and gospel sings and that he would like to purchase the bus from the church in the near future.