Former Allies Call for Dumler Resignation, Look for Replacement

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Supervisors that once politically aligned themselves with Chris Dumler are now publicly calling on him to step down. They say the embattled Albemarle supervisor is becoming too much of a distraction to county business.

In January, Dumler pleaded guilty to sexual battery. He was facing a felony forcible sodomy charge, but instead pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery as part of a plea agreement. Dumler will serve 30 days in jail.  

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and the Jefferson Area Tea Party have publicly urged Dumler to step down from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Dumler has refused, saying his personal life has not affected his job as a supervisor.

Now the calls from colleagues for him to resign are growing.  For the first time, Supervisor Dennis Rooker tells NBC29 Dumler must go.

"I think it would be in the best interest of the county and him if he would consider resigning," Rooker said.

Monday night, an hour's worth of protests over Dumler kicked off what was supposed to be a public hearing about the county's upcoming budget and school funding issues.

"It's going to be very disruptive to us for sure," said Supervisor Ken Boyd.

"It's going to be so distracting on what we have to do as a board; it's just bringing everything down," said Supervisor Rodney Thomas.

NBC29 has learned there's a movement by board members on both sides to find a suitable replacement for Dumler, if he resigns.

"I believe there may have been discussions in that regard," Rooker said.

"There's been talk about people who might fill that position," said Supervisor Duane Snow.

Sources say Dumler's resignation would likely come with the condition that he signs off on any selection. Upon any resignation, the board has 45 days to appoint a new member. Only a majority vote is needed.

"As long as this continues to fester, it continues to send the wrong message," Snow said.

Dumler has not returned any requests for a comment on this story.

The board will get a $280 bill for the meeting security by police at Monday's public hearing. Officers were there as a security measure since there has been significant emotion associated with the situation involving Dumler.

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