Supervisor Dumler Returns to Board Amidst Controversy
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, marking Chris Dumler's first meeting since pleading guilty to criminal charges. One topic on Wednesday's agenda was whether or not Dumler should continue to serve on the board.
Dumler pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual battery charge on January 31. Under the plea agreement, he has to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and issue a public apology to the victim, which he has already done. Dumler will also serve a 30-day jail sentence. The commonwealth agreed to not bring criminal charges in cases involving two additional alleged victims.
Dumler's own board, and some of the people who voted for him, lashed out at Wednesday's supervisor's meeting.
Regardless of the opposition, Dumler said he will not step down from his post. "I've been doing my job. It's been difficult, obviously, but I've been doing my job," said Dumler.
The board unanimously voted to censure him following the conviction. A motion asking Dumler to resign passed 3-2 at Wednesday's meeting. A number of people, including former board members, called for Dumler to step down. One person said Albemarle is at its lowest point of political morality and that Dumler is a disgrace.
"He's compromised the integrity of the entire board by being in the position he has," said Forrest Marshall, a former supervisor.
One man has started a recall vote petition to remove Dumler - since his misdemeanor conviction does not qualify him to be removed - from office because of poor job performance. Ten-percent, or 372 signatures, of the total vote that put Dumler in office is required for the petition to move forward.
The man who started the petition says he has that and is hoping to get 1,500 in the end.
While the recall vote petition to remove Dumler would be legally binding, there are other online petitions circulating around the issue as well, including one on Facebook.
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Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:36:22 GMT
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