Meet Michael L. Wade, Sheriff

Man in Uniform

Henrico County Sheriff Michael L. Wade took office in January 2000 and serves a four-year term in office. The Henrico Sheriff’s Office works in conjunction with the Henrico County Police Division providing the law enforcement services to The County of Henrico.  The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the county’s two jails, security of the courthouses (including fifteen courtrooms,) and the service of Civil Process.  Sheriff Wade commands over 400 sworn, civilian, and contract employees.  He is married to JoAnn Wade and they have one daughter, one grandson and two granddaughters.

Over 41 Years of Service

Sheriff Wade began his law enforcement career as a uniformed police officer, joining the department in 1977. He is a career law enforcement officer serving twenty-two years as a member of the Henrico County Police Division. As a police officer in one of the Commonwealth’s most densely populated counties, he investigated crimes against property, and then later served in the Criminal Intelligence Section. He also was assigned as the Commonwealth’s Attorney Investigator Liaison during his tenure.

When elected Sheriff in 1999, Sheriff Wade left the Henrico County Police Division as a Command Sergeant, serving as the Supervisor of the School Resource and D.A.R.E. Officers for Henrico County Public Schools.

Sheriff Wade has served as National President of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and received numerous local, regional, state and national awards for innovative and creative approaches towards inmate rehabilitation.

Sheriff Wade is also a Commissioner of the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP.)  This program improves highway safety by decreasing the incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Sheriff Wade was elected Chairman of the Commission in 2018.  He is the first non-legislator to hold the position.


Virginia Commonwealth University

  • M.S. Rehab Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Education Rehabilitation Program 1990
  •  B.S. Administration of Justice, 1986

Benedictine High School – 1974

National Sheriff’s Institute – 2000


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.

RISE (Recovery in a Secure Environment) – Nationally recognized drug rehabilitation program that has touched the lives of more than 15,000 Henrico inmates. Inmates who are addicted must spend 3 months of 14 hours a day of treatment activities.

ORBIT (Opiate Recovery Based on Intensive Tracking) – A four phase program that assists inmates in overcoming their opioid addiction and learning life and workplace skills

Student Academy – This agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University allows student to attend the Sheriff’s Office Basic Jailor Academy and earn college credits from their respective Universities. Upon graduating they are sworn in as deputies and fill overtime positions in the jails.

Contact Us

Sheriff’s Office

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

(804) 501-5860

(804) 501-4770

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


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