Citizen Staff Reports
Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.
Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.
The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade. Funding for 15 of the positions will come from the state, and the other positions will fill vacancies within the department that already were funded in the budget.
The hires also bring the office as close to its full complement of necessary deputies as it has ever been during Wade’s 15-year tenure, he said – to about 360 overall.
Being nearly fully staffed means the office will be able to reduce significantly the amount of overtime hours other deputies must work, he said, thereby reducing overall costs.