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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Fairfax deputy chief is leaving

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

Deputy Fairfax County Police Chief Stephen L. Sellers is leaving his post as head of investigations to become the police chief in Albemarle County, Va., Albemarle officials announced Monday.

Sellers, 49, has been on the Fairfax force for 28 years, and was scheduled to retire in March. He helped oversee the Sniper Prosecution Task Force after the arrests of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in 2002, which led to the conviction of both men in Prince William and Fairfax counties, respectively.

Sellers is also credited with helping to create the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and with helping to develop the new McConnell Public Safety Transportation Operations Center, the dispatch hub for Fairfax police and fire as well as state police and transportation workers, on West Ox Road in Fairfax.

The Albemarle Police Department has about 123 sworn officers, according to its Web site, smaller than Fairfax's roughly 1,400. The county seat is Charlottesville, which has its own police department, and the county's population is about 94,000.

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

Sellers said Monday, "I've had a great career here, had some great experiences with some great people, and worked in a great community. It's time for me to move and let a younger generation move up." He said he and his wife always admired the Charlottesville area, and "the timing could not be better" with his retirement pending.

[This post has been updated.]

By Tom Jackman  | December 13, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Virginia  
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