About Mike


Henrico County 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, 76 part-time student deputies, and 3 part-time highschool student data entry assistants.

Sheriff Wade was elected on November 2, 1999. He is married to JoAnn Wade and they have one daughter, one grandson, and two granddaughters.

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.

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.



  • Benedictine High School –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.