Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Harrisonburg-native Sandra J. Adams commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Previously, she served as deputy commissioner for more than three years and as acting commissioner in 2010 and 2013.
The agency is charged with promoting economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture.
A veteran of state government, Adams has worked more than 30 years in various roles, including a decade as director of Administrative and Financial Services and three years as the department’s financial director. Adams also served 12 years at the Department of Taxation.
“She has proven herself to be a capable leader and a strong advocate for Virginia’s farmers and agribusiness,” Katie Frazier, president of the Virginia Agribusiness Council, said in a release.
A certified public accountant and government financial manager, Adams announced her appointment Friday.
Adams replaces Broadway resident Matt Lohr, who served as the commissioner during the McDonnell administration.