Welcome To Henrico County

By: Brittany Meade

Information about Henrico county

How Large is Henrico County?

245 sq miles (634.5 km²)

How many people live in Henrico County?


Henrico Government Structure

How Henrico Government Works

The County participates in a wide range of cooperation efforts with other countries and cities in the greater metropolitan region in such policy areas as planning, transportation, public safety, criminal justice, health, human services, libraries, utilities, solid waste, economic development, leisure services, and tourism.

Executive Branch

In every state, the executive branch is headed by a governor who is directly elected by the people. In most states, the other leaders in the executive branch are also directly elected, including the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and auditors and commissioners. States reserve the right to organize in any way, so they often vary greatly with regard to executive structure. No two state executive organizations are identical.

Legislative Branch

All 50 states have legislatures made up of elected representatives, who consider matters brought forth by the governor or introduced by its members to create legislation that becomes law. The legislature also approves a state's budget and initiates tax legislation and articles of impeachment. The latter is part of a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government that mirrors the federal system and prevents any branch from abusing its power.

Except for one state, Nebraska, all states have a bicameral legislature made up of two chambers: a smaller upper house and a larger lower house. Together the two chambers make state laws and fulfill other governing responsibilities. (Nebraska is the lone state that has just one chamber in its legislature.) The smaller upper chamber is always called the Senate, and its members generally serve longer terms, usually four years. The larger lower chamber is most often called the House of Representatives, but some states call it the Assembly or the House of Delegates. Its members usually serve shorter terms, often two years.

Judicial Branch

State judicial branches are usually led by the state supreme court, which hears appeals from lower-level state courts. Court structures and judicial appointments/elections are determined either by legislation or the state constitution. The Supreme Court focuses on correcting errors made in lower courts and therefore holds no trials. Rulings made in state supreme courts are normally binding; however, when questions are raised regarding consistency with the U.S. Constitution, matters may be appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.

Henrico County Agencies

1. Board of Supervisors

  • The Board of Supervisors are often called the board of directors, is a group individuals chosen by stockholders of a company.
  • Varies between countries, especially regarding the board system.

2. Building Inspections

  • Is limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home.
  • Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.

3. Circuit Court Clerks

  • Is an officer of the court who is responsibilities include maintaining the records of a court
  • The existence of the office of a clerk is one of the typical criteria distinguishing a court of records

Board of Supervisors

Building Inspections

Circuit Court Clerks

Henrico County Services

1. Child Protective Services

  • Is the name of a governmental agency in many states of the United States that reports of child abuse or neglect.
  • Some states use other names, often attempting to reflect more family-centered practice.

2. Foster Parents

  • A system in which a minor has been placed in a ward
  • The placement of the child is usually arranged through the government or a social-service agency

3. Health Services

  • a public health care system in Los Angeles
  • administrative headquarters is located on Figuera Street in downtown los Angeles

Herico County Services Citation

Fun Facts

How old is your county? 1634

Where does your county name come from? Henrico has its origins in the Germanic language and it is used largely in Spanish. Henrico is a derivative of the English Henry

What is your county famous for or what are some attractions (tourist, educational, geographical) ? One of the oldest political subdivisions in Virginia, Henrico was the scene of the second settlement in the colony and was established in 1634 as one of the eight original shires or counties. The county was named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England.