Medical Leave Extended for Fullerton Police Chief

City hires doctor to monitor Michael Sellers' condition

Fullerton police chief Michael Sellers, who went on medical leave in August, will continue to be out at least another 60 days, said the city's manager.

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Sellers, who received a 30-day extension in September, has been granted another 60 days, City Manager Joe Felz told the Orange County Register.

As part of the extension, the city reportedly hired a physician to monitor the chief's health.

"He's seen a doctor (hired) by the city, about two weeks ago. That is policy with anybody," Felz told the newspaper.

Sellers, as well as the entire Fullerton Police Department, have been under heavy scrutiny since Kelly Thomas, who was homeless and suffered from mental illness, died five days after an altercation with officers.

Sellers was in charge of the department at the time of the beating.

Kevin Hamilton was named acting chief when Sellers went on leave.

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