Meet Michael L. Wade, Sheriff

Henrico County Sheriff Michael L. Wade, a Richmond, Virginia native, commands one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with over 361 sworn and civilian staff. Sheriff Wade was elected on November 2, 1999. He is married to JoAnn Wade and they have one daughter, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

22 Years of Service

Michael Wade is a career law enforcement officer, having served for twenty-two years as a member of the Henrico Division of Police before being elected Sheriff. Joining the department in 1977, Wade began his career as a uniformed police officer.

During his career as a police officer in one of the Commonwealth’s most densely populated counties, Wade was an investigator focusing on crimes against property. He later served in the highly charged Criminal Intelligence Section and later, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Investigator Liaison.

When elected Sheriff, Wade left the Division of Police as a Command Sergeant serving as the Supervisor of the School Resource and D.A.R.E. officers for Henrico County Public Schools.

Since his election, Sheriff Wade has improved retention and hiring rates, filled more then seventy vacant Deputy slots, created a nationally recognized drug rehab program, streamlined the Sheriff’s Office budget and opened a public information office.


  • Benedictine Highschool –1974
  • Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–B.S. Administration of Justice, 1986.
  • Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–M.S. Rehab Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Education and Rehabilitation Program, 1990.

Sheriff’s Initiatives

Since taking office, Sheriff Wade has made an effort in several areas to make the Henrico Sheriff’s Office more open to the public, more efficient at the execution of its mission and more responsive to the needs of the community.

  • TRIAD, Seniors Program with Law Enforcement, in partnership with the Henrico Division of Police & the Office of the Attorney General
  • Project Fresh Start & Project Hope, Nationally Recognized Inmate Drug Rehabilitation Programs
  • PIO, Sheriff’s Public Information Office

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Sheriff’s Office

Delivery Address
4301 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-5860


Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775