Steve Sellers

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Steve Sellers served as police chief of the Albemarle County Police Department from January 18, 2011 to May 31, 2016. Sellers had previously been the deputy police chief in Fairfax County, Virginia. As the new police chief, he receive a salary of $119,000 a year. [1].

Sellers moved to Albemarle County only after selling his home in Stafford County[2]

He was succeeded by Ron Lantz on June 1, 2016. [3]

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Sellers received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association[4].

Concern over staffing levels

At his introduction to area media outlets, Incoming chief Sellers said he was concerned about the county's unmet goal of having 1.5 officers per 1,000 residents. As of 2011, there are about 1.2 officers per 1,000. Sellers said he would consider using volunteers to help reduce the workload[2].


  1. Web. New county police chief pledges citizen engagement, Brandon Shulleeta, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 13, 2010, retrieved September 26, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Incoming police chief concerned about staffing levels, Ted Strong, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 16, 2010, retrieved December 17, 2010.
  3. Web. Incoming Police Chief Making Plans for Serving Albemarle County, Sean Cudahy, NBC29, May 12, 2016, retrieved May 16, 2016.
  4. Web. Albemarle County appoints Steve Sellers as new chief of police, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, December 13, 2010, retrieved December 14, 2010.