Dumler Resigns from Albemarle Board of Supervisors
Former Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler
After months of calls for resignation and a trial to determine whether or not he has neglected his duties, an embattled Albemarle County supervisor has resigned from his position on the board.
Chris Dumler has officially resigned from the Board of Supervisors. Dumler's resignation letter was read to the board by Supervisor Duane Snow at Wednesday morning's board meeting - which Dumler did not attend - as the first piece of business.
Dumler's resignation comes after a judge ruled against a petition calling for his removal from the board last Friday, May 31. While the judge said the court understands the frustration of the people calling for Dumler's removal, she found no grounds to remove him without finding a neglect of duty with an impact on the office.
Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery earlier this year, igniting several calls for his resignation and a petition for his removal from office.
Snow says the decision to resign is something that Dumler has been considering for a while.
"And quite frankly he's tired. Emotionally and physically he just felt beat up," said Snow.
Wednesday's board meeting marked an end to months of drama and distractions with a simple letter of resignation.
"I think it provides the kind of finality necessary for the board to be able to go on, and also for Mr. Dumler to be able to go on and build his life, which I think is important," said Rooker.
Although the news was a shock for many at the meeting, it wasn't entirely out of the blue. Snow received an email from Dumler on Sunday, June 2 asking to meet within the next two days.
"And we sat down and talked about the last few weeks and at the end of our talk he handed me the letter and asked me to read it," said Snow.
The resignation letter stating, "I hereby resign the office of supervisor, Scottsville District, for the county of Albemarle, " is a change of tune for the former supervisor who has continually refused to give up his seat - but Snow says Dumler actually thought about stepping down sooner.
"But when things started moving for the signatures and things such as that, he didn't want the process to be that he was run out of office and he felt like he needed to go ahead and see that through," said Snow.
Now that there is an empty space to fill, the county is accepting applications for an interim appointment, but there will still be a special election in November.
"And I think it's important that we get someone in who is knowledgeable about the Scottsville District, knowledgeable about what's going on in the county and things like the current rewrite of the comprehensive plan," said Rooker.
Starting on Thursday, the board will advertise the vacancy and is looking to find an interim replacement board member by July 10 to hold Dumler's seat until a special election can be held. The special election to fill Dumler's unexpired term will take place November 5. The new board member will serve until December 31, 2015.
Office of the Assistant to the Albemarle County Executive Press Release
Board of Supervisors member Chris Dumler, representing the Scottsville Election District, today announced his resignation from the Board of Supervisors effective immediately. The tender of resignation was made by a letter that was read by Supervisor Duane Snow at the beginning of the Board's regularly scheduled June 5 meeting.
State law provides that the remaining five members of the Board of Supervisors have 45 days to appoint a qualified voter of the election district to fill the vacancy for the Scottsville District to serve until a special election can be held. If a majority of the Board members are unable to agree upon an interim appointment within 45 days, the judges of the Albemarle Circuit Court may make an appointment.
The Board of Supervisors have established a selection process for the interim Board member. Any registered voter residing in the Scottsville District interested in being appointed to serve as the interim Board member is requested to file an application with the Clerk of the Board no later than June 20, 2013. An application form is available on line on the Board of Supervisors website at www.albemarle.org/bos or may be obtained from the Board Clerk's office at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. The schedule and operations of the Board of Supervisors will continue as usual while the vacancy is being filled.
Board Process to Fill Vacancy
June 6-20 - Advertise vacancy for two weeks – applications due on June 20th
June 21-July 2 – Review of applications
July 3 –Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting – All candidates make public comment on interest to fill the Board seat and answer questions from Board members
July 3rd –Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting – Board discussion of candidates in closed session
July 10th – Appointment of candidate to fill Board seat until special election
August 7th – Appointee takes office to fill unexpired term until special election
November 5th – Special election to fill unexpired term
November 6th or November 13th – Newly elected Supervisor fills unexpired term until December 31, 2015
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