GLENS FALLS — Longtime Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army Majors David and Cindy Dean are leaving their posts at the end of June for new opportunities in Syracuse.
David made the announcement at a Tri-County United Way meeting Tuesday morning.
The couple was appointed in Glens Falls on July 1, 2009, and have led several significant projects for the Salvation Army including moving local headquarters from Chester Street to Broad Street in 2015 and building a new chapel in 2017.
David will be taking on the position of Onondaga County coordinator for the Salvation Army, and he will be responsible for running operations. He will be based out of the Syracuse office, which has 289 employees and a $19.7 million budget, about $19 million more than Glens Falls, he joked in a phone interview Tuesday.
Cindy will also be taking on more administrative work. She will be the divisional director of shared ministry for the Salvation Army, overseeing nine churches in the south-central region of the state.
The Deans will be out of town by Monday, June 25, with new pastors expected to move in on the 26th. David said that Captains Leo and Laura Lloyd of Hartford, Conn., will be taking their place in Glens Falls.
David said he will miss the community, recalling the many times people came to help when times were tough. The day they moved from Chester Street to Broad Street, for example, David said there was a blizzard. In about 14 inches of snow, a group of community members helped dig out U-Haul trucks and make trips back and forth, making the move in about six hours. It was also Valentine’s Day.
Glens Falls is the longest place the Deans have stayed since they were ordained in 1991. They started out in Maine for about six years before making a move to Rome, New York. There they served for five years before moving west to Rochester. Seven years later, they were appointed to Glens Falls.
While looking forward to a new challenge and location, David said he will miss Glens Falls, the Adirondacks and Lake George.
“Everything we have needed in the nine years we’ve been here, the community has come through for us,” he said.