CDC: Missing employee received early promotion

Laverne Higgins
March 14, 2018

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. O'Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers.

Michael O'Connor, who said that Cunningham left the CDC headquarters in Atlanta on February 12, after supposedly discussing with his supervisor the reasons why he was passed up for a promotion.

Last week, Cunningham's father released photos of the July promotional ceremony, hoping to set the record straight about his son's career and his demeanor on the day the epidemiologist left work.

Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat also tried to clear the air around what might have driven the disappearance of Dr. Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service. "In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017", she wrote.

On Tuesday, Atlanta police spokesman D.T. Hannah said in a statement: "We stand behind every statement the Atlanta Police Department made about Dr. Cunningham's employment, as our information came directly from the CDC". In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile previous 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. His vehicle, keys, wallet, phone and dog were all at his home. "That statement contradicts what Atlanta police said during a news conference on February 27th".

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

Now a $15,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest or indictment. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee".

If anyone has information about Cunningham, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

Cunningham, 35, works as a team lead for the CDC's Division of Population Health.

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