MODESTO — The Salvation Army soon will be under new permanent leadership.
Majs. Kyle and Martha Trimmer, who led the Prescott, Ariz., Corps for eight years, are the new Modesto Corps officers and Stanislaus County commanders.
The Trimmers were expected to assume command today but have been delayed as they help with the relief efforts for residents evacuated in the wake of a central Arizona wildfire that has burned more than 8,000 acres and killed 19 firefighters.
Kyle Trimmer said Monday he expects that he and his wife would be in Modesto by this weekend.
"We've heard of the great need in Modesto, but (also) of the great work that is being done, so we are excited," he said.
Maj. Debi Shrum with The Salvation Army Turlock Corps knows them well. She said they are caring and compassionate but ask people to be responsible for their choices and actions. "They are just really genuine people," she said. "They are very kind, but they will call a stick a stick. They are really refreshing people to be around."
The Trimmers replace retired Lt. Cols. Richard and Bettie Love, who came to Modesto on an interim basis in March after The Salvation Army reassigned and disciplined the previous Modesto Corps officer, Capt. Mike Paugh.
Sunday was the Loves' last day in Modesto.
Paugh and his wife, Beth, were reassigned in March to the Torrance Corps in Southern California after an investigation concluded that Paugh had harassed a female employee.
Salvation Army officials have said Paugh was receiving training, counseling and coaching to determine when he could serve again in a leadership position.
The Salvation Army's operations in Stanislaus County include the Modesto Citadel Corps, the Red Shield Center in south Modesto and the Turlock Corps.
It has an annual budget of roughly $5.65 million. Its services include a homeless shelter, a noon meal program, food bank, social services, such as help with utility bills, and children's programs.
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