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Police Association Calls for Dumler Resignation

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Add police to the list of people who say embattled Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler needs to resign his post immediately.

An organization that once supported him - the Central Virginia chapter of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association - now says Dumler is a liability.

The unanimous vote came on April 10, following careful consideration among the police departments and sheriff's offices that make up the chapter including the Albemarle County Police Department.

The Virginia Police Benevolent Association says Dumler is a continued distraction to board business and has recalled its previous endorsement of him.

In a release, the association says "as an organization whose members respond to and defend victims of crime, it is deeply troubling to us that Mr. Dumler continues to serve as a public representative."

"We endorsed him but that was long ago, so maybe we should just leave it alone. Some of our members felt that way. And then we had a lot of members come to us and say if we don't do anything we're condoning the behavior," said Michael Wells, the chapter's president.

Dumler pleaded guilty earlier this year to misdemeanor sexual battery. He is currently serving jail time on weekends. Dumler has not commented on the association's release.

 


 

Virginia Police Benevolent Association, Inc. 
Press Release

 

 

(Monday, April 22, 2013)- The purpose of this letter is to express our disappointment and vexation over the sexual battery conviction of Christopher Dumler, Albemarle County Board of Supervisor for the Scottsville District, and his continued resistance to voluntarily step down from his post.

While the Central Virginia Chapter of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association supported Mr. Dumler's platform when he originally ran for public office, we will no longer give him our support. ln fact, we demand that he resign his position on the board immediately.

As an organization whose members respond to and defend victims of crime, it is deeply troubling to us that Mr. Dumler continues to serve as a public representative for Albemarle County. Due to his arrest, conviction, and jail sentence, we feel he can no longer be an effective member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Dumler's presence is a continued distraction to the business of the board and adversely impacts its mission as a governing body for the County of Albemarle, its citizens and its employees.

The Central Virginia Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association stands with those who have called for Mr. Dumler to resign.

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