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Photo of Sandra (Sandy) J. Adams, Commissioner of the Virginia Dept. of Ag and Consumer Services.Sandra J. Adams, Commissioner

In June 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Sandra (Sandy) J. Adams as the 15th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Sandy has more than 30 years experience in state government, serving at VDACS since 1996.  She has a proven track record in supporting the agency’s overall mission of promoting the economic growth and development of agriculture, providing consumer protection and encouraging environmental stewardship in Virginia.

Sandy served twice as Acting Commissioner of VDACS, in 2010 and again in 2013 – 2014. She served for three-and-a-half years as the agency’s Deputy Commissioner.  Prior to that she served for ten years as VDACS Director of Administrative and Financial Services and three years as the agency’s Financial Director.  In addition to her almost 20 years at VDACS, Sandy served 12 years in a number of positions at the Department of Taxation, including six years as Budget Manager of that agency. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Mary Washington and a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Commissioner's Column

November 2015
Embrace food safety, pollinator protections, biosecurity

December 2014
Add Ag Advocacy to Next Season’s to-do List

March 2014
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