Fullerton City Manager Joe Felz announced Feb. 3 that Fullerton Police Chief Michael F. Sellers will be retiring Feb. 18.
Sellers has been on medical leave since August of last year. According to a press release from the City of Fullerton, the announcement of his retirement coincides with the resolution of Sellers’ workers compensation claim, which involves a payment of $127,000 and $22,500 in legal fees.
Sellers took his leave as many called for his resignation after six officers were being investigated for their involvement in the killing of Fullerton homeless man, Kelly Thomas. City Council members Bruce Whitaker and Sharon Quirk-Silva also called for Sellers’ resignation last year due to what they said was a failure to provide the public with a full narrative of Thomas’ death.
Sellers’ doctor has determined that he is physically disabled and can no longer perform the responsibilities as Fullerton’s police chief. He will be eligible for industrial disability retirement, which means that his injury and/or illness is job-related and he will receive monthly retirement benefits.
Police Capt. Dan Hughes will serve as acting police chief until the department finds a permanent replacement.