CDC: Missing employee received early promotion

CDC: Missing employee received early promotion

Contrary to circulating news reports, Cunningham was not passed over for a promotion, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat.

The agency also refuted reports that Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion in the days leading up to his disappearance.

In early March, multiple media outlets reported Dr. Timothy Cunningham, team lead for the CDC's division of population health, met with a supervisor February 12 to discuss why he hadn't received a promotion the week before he went missing, citing comments from an Atlanta police official.

As many of his colleagues...have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

"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".

Authorities say he called in sick on February 12 and has not been heard from since.

On Monday, Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told CBS News that the department stood behind every statement it's given about Cunningham's employment.

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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.

"He tells the supervisor that he's not feeling particularly well", Atlanta police Maj.

Officials said there is no evidence of foul play, but it can not be ruled out.

Cunningham has been a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community. Cunningham was told the previous week he was not getting the job, O'Connor said.

Viviana Tory, Cunningham's next-door neighbor, said that Cunningham had told her husband something odd on the same day.

Cunningham's family reported him missing two days later, after they were unable to get in touch with him by phone or by text.

"Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee", the statement read.

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