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County Appoints New Police Chief

Albemarle County is pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Sellers as its new Police Chief effective Tuesday, January 18th.  Sellers is a 28 year veteranSellers of the Fairfax County Police Department and most recently held the position of Deputy Chief of Police for Fairfax police.

“We are very happy to bring someone of Steve Sellers’ caliber to Albemarle County to serve as our next police chief,” said County Executive Bob Tucker in making the announcement.  “His experience, expertise and proven leadership will certainly continue the outstanding accomplishments and innovative direction of the County’s Police Department.”

Among the many highlights of his career in Fairfax, Sellers was responsible for developing a plan to improve criminal intelligence and information sharing between local, state and federal law enforcement and helped to create the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center following the events of September 11, 2001.  He also led the Washington Area Sniper Prosecution Taskforce which was responsible for the successful prosecution of Lee Malvo and John Mohammed.  In cooperation with his counterpart in Prince William County, Seller’s role was to lead the 26 member team responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the Washington area snipers.

From 2004 to 2009, Sellers provided key leadership for a project team responsible for the design, development and implementation of a significant public safety IT system.  In addition to this multi-million IT project, Sellers provided leadership for a multi-million project for the construction and design of a regional McConnell Public Safety Transportation Operations Center in Fairfax, VA.

“I am privileged and honored to be afforded with the opportunity to become a member of the County’s leadership team, serving as the Chief of Police for Albemarle County,” said Sellers in accepting the appointment.  “I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for allowing me the privilege of leading a progressive police agency with outstanding officers and civilian employees and I look forward to serving the citizens of Albemarle County in fighting crime and making our highways safer through collaboration and engagement.  As Chief of Police it is my intention to be highly visible, accessible and community oriented and I look forward to building strong working relationships with our citizens, county staff, Board of Supervisors and community leaders as well as each member of the Police Department.”

Sellers’ family includes his wife Jennifer, twin daughters Jaimie & Justine and stepson Jon.
Sellers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Additionally he is a graduate from the FBI National Academy and is a graduate and alumni of Leadership Fairfax.  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Virginia Association of Chief’s of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

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