Missing CDC Employee Not Passed Over For Promotion


Today marks one month since Commander (CDR) Timothy Cunningham was last seen, and we have not given up hope that he will soon be found.

As a commander in the United States Public Health Service, Cunningham had worked on teams that responded to the Ebola and Zika crises.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon", the CDC said in a statement emailed to the Journal-Constitution.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday an employee who went missing a month ago was not passed over for a promotion. He left work early on that day, claiming he was not feeling well. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

The CDC said it would continue to work with the Atlanta police department to solve the mystery of Cunningham's disappearance.

When they arrived at his Atlanta home on February 14, the couple found their son's phone, keys, wallet, auto and dog, with no trace of him in sight.

"In fact", the CDC statement continued, "he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance".

The unusual circumstances surrounding Cunningham's disappearance have continued to baffle authorities.

On Monday, Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told CBS News that they are standing firm on the statements they have given regarding Cunningham's disappearance. In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile past year, Cunningham said he was "using the skills I have to improve and help the lives of others", referring to his work at the CDC.

Prior to the CDC's statement, the last major update on Timothy Cunningham came last week, when ABC News reported that a combination of private donations and donations from the Cunningham family had driven up the reward for information on his case to $15,000. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee".