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Interest in Taking Dumler’s Place Grows

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Two days after Chris Dumler stepped down from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, more information is coming to light about what led up to the sudden resignation - and who is in the running to fill the spot. 

Interest is growing from people willing to step up and serve as an interim supervisor, filling Dumler's vacant seat. Albemarle Supervisor Duane Snow said by Friday he'd had a few phone calls. 

"I had one former board member and just two other people who are interested," he said. 

On Wednesday, in a surprise announcement, Dumler turned in his resignation. It came months after Dumler was charged with and later convicted of a sex crime. Snow read the letter, following a meeting with Dumler on Monday. 

"I turned to my wife and said, ‘Do you think this is real?' I was surprised," Snow said. 

Snow got an email from Dumler on Sunday morning - at 1:16 a.m. It reads: "I want to have coffee/chat in the next 48 hours to discuss my potential resignation. You are the only Supervisor I am e-mailing, and the only one I will sit down and discuss this with." 

But why Snow and no one else? Snow has been one of the most emotionally outspoken against Dumler, sometimes breaking down in tears. Snow once said of Dumler's remaining on the board after a sexual battery conviction: "It sends the wrong message to the youth and law-abiding citizens of this county." 

Dumler met with Snow at the county office building on Monday afternoon for about 30 minutes and turned in his letter of resignation.

"He said he trusted me. I mean that's it," Snow said.

Lawyer Dave Thomas says he was approached to run in November but declined for family reasons. 

Supervisors will appoint an interim supervisor on July 10. A special election will be held for the spot November 5.

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