Sheriff Ricky L Walker was elected to the office and took command January 1, 2008. He began his career as a Virginia State Trooper in December 1978. After serving on his initial assignment for a brief period he was assigned to Amelia County in 1984. He served the citizens of Amelia, Powhatan and Chesterfield. Additional duties included high level security details for dignitaries, the Vice President, numerous merchant ships and navel aircraft carriers. Other duties included a K-9 handler trained in explosive and weapon detection, investigations and helped to manage the Inspection Program for the Virginia State Police.
He retired as a Master Trooper from the State Police in 2007 with 28 years of service.