Albemarle County’s poster child for bad behavior—Democrat Chris Dumler—is a fugitive from the law.
The disgraced Scottsville District Supervisor pled guilty to sexual battery on January 31 and served a total of 30 days in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. He resigned his seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on June 5, following a protracted petition for removal and subsequent trial. While, Dumler prevailed in the petition case against him, he remained the target of relentless calls for resignation.
Orange County Circuit Court criminal records show that Dumler failed to appear for a July 19 court date, and a subsequent “Capias” (or arrest warrant) was issued.
Judge Cheryl V. Higgins, who presided over the Dumler removal trial, has ordered Albemarle County to reimburse the wayward Supervisor $9,345 in related legal fees. However, if Dumler is a legal fugitive, he may face arrest while attempting to collect.
Unconfirmed rumors abound that Chris Dumler:
- Has left the state or even the country
- Is the subject of a state investigation
- Abandoned several legal clients and their cases, following his resignation
- Is in danger of military disciplinary action
- Is in the process of being disbarred, awaiting only his signature on state-issued legal paperwork
While Chris Dumler may be chuckling over fleecing taxpayers for his self-induced legal expenses, Albemarle County taxpayers and the law enforcement community may have the last laugh.