Press Release

Office of the Governor
Office of the Deputy Governor
Release Date:
Monday, 8 August 2016 - 4:33pm

Acting Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mrs. Rosalie Adams assumed her new role in the post today.

Mrs. Adams’ official duties began with a courtesy visit to the Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE at the Premier’s Office on August 8.

Mrs. Adams and the Premier discussed matters related to the efficient running of the Public Service as well as some initiatives that would need to be launched to enable the continuation of excellent customer service to the public.

The Acting Deputy Governor is set to meet with His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE; Deputy Premier, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering and members of Cabinet throughout this week.  She has formally met the team at the Office of the Deputy Governor and will meet with Senior Leaders within the public service.

Mrs. Adams brings over 45 years of experience and knowledge to the post having served within the public service at the highest levels.

She is no stranger to the Deputy Governor’s Office as she had been seconded for one year to serve on the Change Team to implement Public Sector reform in 2003.

Mrs. Adams was promoted to the post of Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2004 and confirmed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development in 2005. She also served as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Works from 2006 to 2007 and Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office from October 2007 to March 2011.  She was Interim Acting Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office from January 2012 to December 2013.

Mrs. Rosalie Adams joined the Public Service in 1968 and taught at various public schools throughout the Territory. She served as Guidance and Counseling Officer until 1993 and was transferred to the Department of Education and Culture where she served as an Education Officer from 1999 to 2004.  She also served as a lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. 

Mrs. Adams’ appointment succeeds Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Archer’s acting appointment from June 2 to July 31.  The present Deputy Governor, Mrs. V. Inez Archibald, CBE is on leave.

The primary role of the Deputy Governor, in support of the Governor, is to oversee the management and development of the Virgin Islands Public Service; to lead the Public Service to ensure the effective delivery of the Government’s programme, and to maintain the highest standards of service delivery and good governance.


Colene A. Penn

Head of Communications
Recovery and Development Agency
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