Chief Steve Sellers was appointed interim Chief of Police for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia on November 8, 2017. He began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Police in 2004. During his tenure in Fairfax County, Chief Sellers received numerous awards and commendations.
In January 2011, Chief Sellers retired and was immediately appointed the Chief of Police for Albemarle County. While serving Albemarle County, Sellers is credited with reorganizing and developing Geographic Policing, developing a multi-agency partnership for training, including the building of a state-of-the-art indoor firearms facility, and leading the agency thru two law enforcement reaccreditation cycles. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community.
Chief Sellers served as the president of the Central Shenandoah Chiefs of Police Association and on the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. Following his retirement from the Albemarle County Police Department in 2016, Chief Sellers traveled with his wife and enjoyed spending time with his nine grandchildren.
In November 2017, Chief Sellers was asked to come out of retirement to serve as interim Chief of Police for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He graciously agreed to serve the City until such time as a permanent Chief is selected.
Chief Sellers graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and is a graduate from Virginia Tech with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Additionally, he is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.