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Sheriff Michael L. Wade, a Richmond, Virginia native, commands one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with over 389 sworn and civilian staff, 33 part-time courthouse deputies, and 76 part-time student deputies. Wade graduated form Benedictine High School in 1974, Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice in 1986, and his M.S. Rehab Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Education and Rehabilitation Program in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sheriff Wade was first elected on November 2, 1999. 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.
Michael Wade is a career law enforcement officer, with 41 years of service. He served for twenty-two years as a member of the Henrico Division of Police before being elected Sheriff. Joining the Division of Police in 1977, Wade began his career as a uniformed police officer. During his career as a police officer, Wade was an investigator focusing on crimes against property. He later served in the Criminal Intelligence Section and later, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Investigator Liaison.