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Henrico County Sheriff

The Henrico County Sheriff's Department provides court security, serves legal documents, and holds concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction with the Henrico Division of Police. The department maintains two regional jails serving Henrico, Goochland, and New Kent counties.Term - 4 yearsSalary - $141,787 minimum from Virginia Compensation Board and not including any increase for accreditation or an optional county supplement.

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  • Alisa A. Gregory
    (Dem)

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    Bob M. Matson
    (Rep)

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    J. T. "Tom" Wadkins III
    (I)

Biographical Information

What qualifications make you the best candidate for Sheriff?

What is the greatest challenge facing the office and how will you address it?

What measures do you support to prepare jail inmates for re-entry into the community and to reduce recidivism?

What will be your priorities during your term?

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Campaign Phone (804) 901-0384
Age 48
Facebook page @MatsonForSheriff
A Sheriff controls more than just the jail, and must manage large lodging, food service, maintenance, medical, personnel and security operations. As a former Army officer and Iraq veteran, I have executive leadership experience leading personnel with diverse skill sets in challenging environments. As a police Detective with 23 years’ experience, including time as a State and Federal Task Force Officer, I have worked with every facet of the law enforcement and Public Safety system.
The personnel shortage and continuing exodus of trained, experienced Deputies creates an environment that is unsafe for the staff, for the inmates, and for the community as a whole. It is also extremely expensive for taxpayers in overtime spending. I will form a retention panel from across all ranks to provide insight on why personnel are leaving and what can be done to address that. I will increase recruitment efforts for new personnel and focus on improving the moral of current deputies.
For those with addictions I support comprehensive recovery efforts, including mental health, community corrections, medically assisted recovery, using community resources, and private-public partnerships. I support assisting inmates find employment and housing prior to release, ensuring they’re released into a stable environment. This can include work release programs allowing inmates to earn money to pay off fines and back child support, so that they are released without those debt burdens.
My first priority is increased recruitment and retention (which reduces overtime costs), as addressed above. My second priority to is to take substance recovery efforts a step further than now and work with a variety of resources, including, but not limited to the current RISE and ORBIT programs. My third priority is fiscal responsibility. I never forget that tax money is actually money that someone worked hard to earn and pay in taxes, and I'll only spend what's necessary to keep Henrico safe.
Campaign Phone (804) 971-2065
Twitter page https://twitter.com/wadkins4sheriff
Facebook page https://fb.me/TomWadkins4Sheriff
I served ten years with the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, rising to the level of Undersheriff and working with Sheriffs Winston, Mitchell and Woody overseeing the Finance and Computerization aspects of the Richmond Jail, one of the largest in Virginia. Developed a computer system for tracking all Inmate related issues. A Firearms Instructor who trained Deputies the to anticipate and deal with “real world” situations. A “hands-on” administrator involved in all aspects of running the Richmond Jail.
Work on solving the overcrowding by ensuring that as many of the “State Responsible” inmates as possible are removed from the Henrico Jails. This is the type of severe overcrowding I had to face while at the Richmond Jail and I reduced overcrowding by pushing the State to accept transfer of their inmates.

Work on solving the high vacancy rate among the Henrico Deputies. A high number of vacant positions results in poor working conditions, increased stress and overtime pay.
I plan to continue and build on the foundation of programs developed by the Sheriff of Henrico County over the past 20 years and make their results available to the public. I will make improvements to benefit the Citizens of Henrico, the employees of the Henrico County Sheriff's Office and the inmates entrusted to its care. Specifically, I want to examine the effectiveness of the ORBIT program and explore if Henrico Jails could benefit from the HARP program used by Chesterfield Jail since 2016.
Work on solving the overcrowding by ensuring that as many of the “State Responsible” inmates as possible are removed from the Henrico Jails and returned to the State facilities. This number accounts for about 33% of the Henrico Jail population (June 2019 LIDS data).

Work on solving the high vacancy rate among the Henrico Deputies.

Review current areas of cost overruns to find constructive solutions to budget deficits affecting the taxpayers of Henrico County