Major Cindy McAlister, Academy Director - Bio
Major McAlister joined the Fairfax County Police Department in 1982 after transferring from the County Finance Department. She graduated from the Northern Virginia Police Academy and started her career as a patrol officer at the Chantilly Station. Two years later she transferred to McLean for patrol and crime prevention. She served as the Crime Solver Coordinator and as part of CIB and Child Services. In 1998, she transferred to Mason and was promoted to sergeant. In 2000, she was promoted to second lieutenant and was transferred to Fair Oaks station. A year later she took became the FTI Coordinator. From 2001-2005 she worked in the Financial Crimes Unit, served as acting director of the Animal Shelter, and joined the Chief's Office of Research and Support Unit. During this period, she was also promoted to first lieutenant. In 2006, she took on a new challenge as the assistant commander of the Sully Station, which lead to her promotion as captain and commander of Sully the following year. McAlister's most recent promotion to major has brought her to the Academy as the new director, replacing Major Ed Roessler who recently transferred to Internal Affairs as commander.
In addition to her career accomplishments, Major McAlister has a Bachelor's Degree from George Mason University and has participated in several leadership courses. She will begin her next academic training at the FBI National Academy in January 2010.
Major McAlister and her husband, Lieutenant Mike McAlister, have two children, ages 10 and 12, who are avid skiers, and live in Purcellville, Va. She is a supporter of the Police Unity Tour and is always looking for new riders!