commander cheryl wade


Cheryl Wade

Commander Cheryl Wade joined the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in June of 1985 and promoted to the rank of Commander in 2005. Having been in command of each bureau within the Sheriff's Office, Cheryl's diverse law enforcement experience includes the command of not only patrol and custody, but also that of S.W.A.T., Bomb Unit, Narcotics, Major Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Aviation, Sheriff's System Bureau, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Professional Standards, Academy, Mounted Patrol, Search and Rescue, Technical Services Unit, and Tactical Negotiations Unit. Cheryl's current command responsibilities include a staff of approximately 351 with a budget over $59 million.

A variety of assignments throughout her 32 years in law enforcement have provided her with increased responsibility and leadership opportunities, as well as, opportunities to collaborate with community members, County department leaders, business leaders, and non-profit/community organizations to find sustainable solutions to community problems thereby enhancing the quality of life for county residents.

Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from California Lutheran University, a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge, and a Master's degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School--Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She has been a board member of the Ventura County Management Council since 2009 and currently serves in the capacity of Vice President. Also, Cheryl was appointed by Board of Supervisor Linda Parks in 2017 as an advisory member of the Ventura County Women's Economic Roundtable.