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Scottsville Town Council Members Weigh in on Dumler Issues

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Members of the Scottsville Town Council are talking publicly about Chris Dumler's troubles.  Dumler represents the Scottsville District on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  

On January 31, Dumler pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sexual battery charge as part of a plea agreement.  He was originally charged with one felony count of forcible sodomy.  Click here to read more about the case against Dumler.    

The council members we contacted Friday have a wide range of opinions about Dumler's ability to represent Scottsville.   

Scottsville Town Council member Ron Smith says Chris Dumler can win back his constituents' approval.

"There's probably not anybody around that hasn't done something in their lifetime which, if more people knew about it, it would be embarrassing," he stated. "He has had in his heart, I think, the best interest of Scottsville and I'm sure that hasn't changed."     

Council member Liz Knotts disagrees. In an email, she said, "Allowing Mr. Dumler to stay allows an awful precedent to continue of politicians being above the law.   It also puts any men, women and children who want to report abuse back in fear of ridicule and disapproval.  I voted for Mr. Dumler but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have."   

Council member Dan Gritsko says the voters will decide.  "I honestly think the best thing for me individually to do is as a Town Council member is to find out what the will of the council is and also what the will of our town is," he stated.    

And though he has his own opinion, Smith agrees. "As far as Scottsville residents I have not been aware of that many individuals who are calling for his ouster."  

When asked if Smith felt Dumler should resign, he replied, "Personally no. He needs to work harder than ever to regain the trust, take it a day at a time.  And if he's still on the board in three years and the people of Scottsville are not happy with his service then they can certainly make a change at that time."    

Scottsville Town Council is meeting Monday for a work session.   Council members say even if this issue isn't on the agenda, it will probably be a topic of conversation.

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