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Dumler Hearing Scheduled for April

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A special prosecutor will be called in on the case to remove an Albemarle County supervisor from power.

In January, Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. Under Virginia law, members of a board of supervisors who are convicted of a misdemeanor crime don't necessarily have to step down. Despite a wave of calls for his resignation, Dumler says he will not resign.

A petition to remove Dumler from office has been filed in circuit court. It alleges questionable behavior following the supervisor's conviction. 

Lynchburg's commonwealth's attorney will represent those behind the petition. The order has been filed to bring in a special prosecutor since Albemarle County's commonwealth's attorney has an obvious conflict of interest in the case.

Earl Smith organized the petition following Dumler's guilty plea. He needed to collect 372 signatures, which is 10 percent of the number of voters in the election for Dumler's seat. He finished with 584 signatures. 

"I am sad for that one selfish person because they lack the moral fiber needed to fulfill the promises to the people and regain what was lost due to their selfish actions," said Smith.

Smith delivered the signed petition to the clerk's office Tuesday morning, in order for the judge to verify the signatures.

Dumler has been served with the petition and is scheduled to appear in court on April 2 to tell the judge why he should not be removed from office.  Dumler refuses to step down, saying his personal life has not affected his job performance as an elected official

Wednesday night at the Board of Supervisors meeting, NBC29 did ask Dumler if he had any response to the petition. He said he was waiting to get an attorney before saying anything publicly.

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