It will be Albemarle County taxpayers forking over the cash for the court costs incurred by former Albemarle Supervisor Chris Dumler.
Dumler left office more than three months ago, but now the whole ordeal may finally be over - with the county responsible to pay about $9,000 for Dumler's legal fees.
"I'm glad to finally get some finality to it and I hope we do have some finality to it," said Ken Boyd, Albemarle supervisor.
Dumler was arrested in October of 2012 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery last January. His plea sparked a number of protests during supervisor meetings and a trial regarding his removal from office in May.
A judge determined there were no legal grounds to remove Dumler – now the county has to pick up his $9,345 tab in legal fees.
"This is the legal way it has to be done. The judge, Cheryl Higgins, made a decision that he was doing his job. It's over with now and it's done and I don't want to pay the money but we have no choice...no choice," said Albemarle Supervisor Rodney Thomas.
The money will most likely be taken from the county's reserve fund.
"I think that what happened and the fact that we're having to pay this fee is just another indication to me of the lack of integrity and honor on Mr. Dumler's part," said Boyd.
Earl Smith, the man who led the petition to remove Dumler, says the news is no surprise.
"We all knew that this was going to happen. That was the chance you took," said Smith.
For Smith, the ordeal was over in June when Dumler quit less than a week after his trial.
"I think this is more like an after tremor or something. It was over when he resigned," said Smith.
Supervisors hope this is the end - but say it could have been resolved much sooner.
"I think the nice end would have been for him to immediately resign when he got in trouble in the first place and not drag the community through this excess stuff," said Boyd.
The issue will come up before the Board of Supervisors to appropriate those funds.
Dumler could not be reached for comment.
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