Michael D. Wilhelm
Chief Michael D. Wilhelm was appointed to the rank of Chief of Police on May 3, 2011. Chief Wilhelm has been with the Waynesboro Police Department since December 1995 where he began his career as a Patrol Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2000 and served the department as a Detective Supervisor. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served the department as a Patrol Shift Commander. During his tenure with the Police Department Chief Wilhelm has served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Detective, Detective Supervisor, Narcotics Investigator, SWAT Team Commander and department Accreditation Manager.
Chief Wilhelm graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. He is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Wilhelm is also very active serving on several local community boards including the Valley Children’s Center Board and the Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board.
Chief Wilhelm is a very goal oriented person and a strong proponent of leading by example. He believes that developing a cooperative working relationship between the police department and the citizens is the most effective way to maximize the available resources and make the community safer for everyone.