In the aftermath of Albemarle County Board of Supervisors member Christopher Dumler’s sexual battery conviction, The Schilling Show solicited his fellow board members for comment:
Ken Boyd responded:
“My first inclination was to stay silent on this issue but as an elected official I feel an obligation to explain to my constituents a position. I am as shocked as many that we will have a sitting board member concurrently serving jail time. I am particularly concerned that the offence is for sexual assaults on up to at least three women. Up until his admission of guilt I was willing to except his denial of the charges and let the courts decide. As representatives of the people we don’t have to always agree ideologically, but we must be assured of the integrity and honesty of our fellow board members. I no longer believe this about Mr. Dumler. If he decides not to do what I feel is the honorable thing and step down, I will find it hard to accept his creditability in future deliberations of our board.”
Dennis Rooker responded:
“If he had committed a felony, he would have had to resign. He didn’t, and whether or not he decides to continue to serve on the board is up to him.”
Rodney Thomas responded:
“Mr. Dumbler [sic] made his decision to confess to a lesser charge, sexual battery, in order to hope for a misdemeanor. By doing this he could avoid the felony charge which would have been an automatic elimination from the AC Board of Supervisors. Mr Dumbler has made the decision toconfess [sic] to a lesser charge and he has to live with his decision not to resign from our Board of Supervisors.”
Neither Ann Mallek, Chairman, nor Duane Snow, Vice-Chairman, responded to The Schilling Show’s request for comment.
However in a January 31, 2013 statement to Newsplex, Snow said:
“As a board we work very well together in accomplishing the things that need to be done in Albemarle County. We’ve been able to do that over the last several months while this has been an issue and I believe we will continue to be able to do that.”
And in the February 1, 2013 Daily Progress coverage of Dumler’s plea, Ann Mallek said:
“I’m sorry for the entire set of circumstances. He certainly has been a good representative so far and I hope he will continue to do so.”
To which, Rooker added:
“The capacity to forgive someone who has made a mistake like this is probably greater for a younger person than it is for someone in their 50s or 60s. The fact that he is a young man, and has a lot of years ahead of him, provides some greater latitude for people to say to themselves, ‘This is a youthful mistake,’ and he certainly has plenty of time left in his life to give back to the public and redeem himself.”
The Schilling Show has also sought comment from the regions’ leading sexual abuse and female-centric organizations:
None has responded thus far, but post-publication comments will be added here if received.
UPDATE 2/1/2013 10:42 AM: Duane Snow responded:
I have often heard it said. That what a man does in his private life does not matter as long as he’s able to execute his responsibilities in business or public life.
As a leader integrity should be a component of all aspects of your life.
integrity is something that can not be turned on and off.
Mr Dumlers future on the board is a decision to be made by him and his constituents.
This is a difficult time for the County,
especially for the citizens of the scottesville district.
UPDATE: 2/1/2013 5:18 PM: Ann Mallek responded:
Regarding Chris Dumler:
Watching this series of events unfold reminds me of my mother’s lesson, that good behavior is essential every day, for oneself and for one’s neighbors, and helps to provide a happy life.
There are only two people who know what happened. We must rely on our court system to investigate and to come to an appropriate conclusion.
State law provides the process for qualification for office, and the residents and voters of the Scottsville district, for whom Mr. Dumler has worked hard to represent well, should decide who their elected supervisor should be.