December 13th, 2011 by WCBC Radio
No official announcement yet from the state headquarters, but there has been a change in management at the Cumberland Salvation Army. Sgt James Dillingham has replaced Captain Melvin Welch as head of the local operation- apparently effective last week. Dillingham has served the Salvation Army, most recently in the greater Alaska area. The abruptness and timing of the change raises some questions, but Dillingham told WCBC News that it’s basically a case of a need arising elsewhere that led to the change. Normally such changes are announced ahead of time, and usually do not occur two weeks before Christmas- the busiest time of the year for the Salvation Army. A spokesperson at the Baltimore Division office told WCBC News Monday morning that someone would respond to the inquiries shortly- however no response was forthcoming the remainder of the day, and a follow-up call was met with an answering machine. Dillingham did say that he was awaiting word from his superiors and would have no problem discussing the change once he is given the authority to do so.