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Historical Department Narratives

The County of Henrico, Virginia has had a long and endearing history since its early beginnings in 1611. In 1634, the Henrico Shire became one of eight shires in Virginia, whereby 13 localities that made up our Shire were individually created and remain our neighbors to the south and west. Henrico evolved into a County Manager Form of Government in 1934, and is composed of general government departments and public schools. The County proudly operates with the combined assistance from thirty-seven government departments, and over 10,000 government and public schools’ employees. The overall county organizational chart displays the arrangement of all the segments that make up Henrico County, beginning with the voters.

Today, over 326,000 Henrico County residents live in a well-planned community of 244.06-square miles (635 square kilometers) consisting of beautiful residential communities, large expanses of fertile farm land, and carefully developed office, retail, and diversified industrial areas. Henrico has been recognized for premier schools, neighborhoods, and government operations. Henrico’s rich history has allowed the progression from early beginnings in 1611, to a distinguished place to live, work, and play.

In 2011, Henrico County commemorated its 400th anniversary. This compilation of narratives captures the history of each County general government department, with updates through 2015. Each department has prepared its own story to convey its significant events and to share the names of those who are credited with leading the department.

History of Department Head Positions

Department of Building Inspections
Capital Region Workforce Partnership
Circuit Court Clerk
Community Corrections Program
Department of Community Development
Department of Community Revitalization
Office of the Commonwealth Attorney
Office of the County Attorney
County Manager’s Office
Drug Court
Economic Development Authority
Henrico Extension Office
Department of Finance
Division of Fire
General District Court Clerk
Department of General Services
Henrico Health Department
Department of Human Resources
Department of Information Technology
Office of Internal Audit
Henrico Juvenile Detention Home
James River Juvenile Detention Home
Public Library
Henrico Area Mental Health & Development Services
Department of Planning
Division of Police
Court Service Unit
Public Relations & Media Services
Department of Public Utilities
Department of Public Works
Real Property Department
Division of Recreation and Parks
Voter Registration and Elections
Public Schools
Sheriff’s Office
Department of Social Services
Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act

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