June 5, 2013
There was a surprising start to this morning's Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Supervisor Duane Snow began the meeting with a brief announcement. "I hereby resign the office of Supervisor, Scottsville District, for the county of Albemarle. Signed Chris Dumler."
Christopher Dumler decided to resign from his seat as the Scottsville representative on the Board of Supervisors, just days after a judge ruled to allow him to keep his seat.
Over the weekend Supervisor Duane Snow received an email from Chris Dumler, asking to meet. On Monday he received Dumler's letter of resignation.
"I was glad that it came and I was grateful to Chris that he made that decision to step down," says Snow.
After the letter was read, protestors who attended the meeting holding signs, were asked to put them down and they were happy to do so.
"We were glad to take them down I just wish that we never had to put them up," says Scottsville resident Steve Peters.
The supervisors were happy with Dumler's decision and feel like a great weight has been lifted off their shoulders.
"Oh a huge relief," says Snow. "This has been going on for a long time and there was a lot of pressure from the community and with the victims and other people who had been sexually abused and for me it's just been a real emotional time."
"I think that Mr. Dumler made a responsible decision," says Supervisor Dennis Rooker. "I think that decision was in the best interest of the county. I think it was also in his best interest."
Moving forward the board plans to assign someone to take over the seat for the Scottsville District as an interim chair. Then on November 5th they will hold a special election to fill the seat permanently.
Until then there will be five seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors instead of six.