February 28, 2013
Members of the Albemarle County Supervisors say they are receiving hundreds of emails from constituents calling for Chris Dumler's resignation. Those emails, accessed under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the work being done by supervisors behind the scenes to force Dumler's resignation.
Dozens of internal emails between supervisors show the pressure is mounting for the 27-year-old representing the Scottsville district to resign his seat from the board. In one email, Duane Snow urges constituents to speak, writing, "I am working behind the scenes to bring pressure on Chris to resign. I hope you will be there on Wed. at 9 am to speak. Bring lots of friends."
In another email, Rodney Thomas writes, "Dumler is a jailbird and should do the honorable thing and 'resign'."
Thomas says he's told Dumler to resign since he was first arrested on the felony forcible sodomy charge in October.
"I don't think any of us appreciate one of our board members spending time in jail and then coming to the board and legislatively acting on legal matters," Thomas said. "It's just not the way things should be."
Earlier this month, the board unanimously voted to censure Dumler. The board also voted 3-2 in favor of his resignation, but supervisors don't have the power to remove another member. Shortly after that meeting, Ken Boyd questioned the board's influence on Dumler, writing "censure or resignation, what is the difference when there is no integrity. Neither vote has any consequence to someone who just responds with smiley faces."
Dumler calls the push for him to go a "political game", saying republicans want his seat to swing the majority in their favor. It's something Thomas doesn't dispute.
"I'm not going to be the one to appoint someone from the other party because there are a lot of things that we would like to do that are getting stopped because of the 3-3 vote and the only ones losing there are the public."
While they may not agree on who should step in, all five supervisors say they would like to see Dumler resign. Dumler says he has no plans of stepping down.