Stresses public trust: Fairfax sniper-case cop named Albemarle police chief
Fairfax Deputy Police Chief Steve Sellers will be the next Albemarle County Police chief, county exec Bob Tucker announced Monday..
Sellers, a 28-year-veteran of the Fairfax County, has led the investigations division for Fairfax including heading a task force that successfully investigated snipers John Mohammed and Lee Malvo, who terrorized Northern Virginia in 2002.
Sellers succeeds John Miller, who retired September 30 after 21 years as chief.
“We are very happy to bring someone of Steve Sellers’ caliber,” says Tucker in a release.
Sellers, 49, says he's wanted to be in law enforcement since he was five years old. He got both his B.A. in business administration and master's in public administration at Virginia Tech. He's also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Although the population of Fairfax recently topped the one million mark (to Albemarle's less than 100,000), Sellers says Albemarle and Fairfax share similar demographics as far as an educated population. The two jurisdictions also face similar crime trends, economic uncertainty, and traffic issues.
"There's a lot," he says, "I can transfer from Fairfax."
In November, two of Albemarle's six supervisors said that personal integrity would be an important quality they'd seek in a new chief. Earlier this year, in March, four officers were disciplined for unspecified “inappropriate” behavior “while on the clock.”
"I don't support or condone any behavior that erodes the public trust," says Sellers. "I have 28 years with a highly regarded, ethically sound police department. Truthfulness is an absolute must. Truthfulness, integrity, and public trust are very high on the list."