Joseph W. Adams

Education & Work History

Commissioner Adams is a graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School, attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude double majoring in Finance and Economics, with a minor in History, from the University of Scranton, and has his MBA with honors specializing in Accounting and Finance, also from the University of Scranton. He earned his Certifid Financial Planning Curriculum Certificate from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, New York, NY. Adams was the community manager of Emerald Lakes and Lake Adventure, before becoming the Business Manager of the Wallenpaupack Area School District for 12 years. He then spent the next 3 years as a Wealth Manager for Morgan Stanley and then 13 years at The Dime Bank, Honesdale, as Vice President and Senior Vice President within the Wealth Management area. He retires as Superintendent of Western Wayne School District in 2017. Adams as been a Wayne County Commissioner since January 2017 and serves on the NEPA Alliance Board, the Wayne-Pike Workforce Alliance, chaires the County Tax Assessment Board and is vice chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.


Mr. Adams is a past or present member of the following organizations: 

  • Wayne Bank Board of Directors
  • Human Resources Center Board Chairman
  • Board member of the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of the Palmyra Township Planning Commission
  • Wayne County YMCA Board member
  • Wayne County Library Advisory Committee
  • Wayne County Children and Youth Advisory Committee
  • Biddy Basketball Coach
  • Volunteer Umpire and Referee for youth sports
  • Wayne County Community Foundation O’Neill Society
  • Dorflinger Suydam and Lacawac Sanctuaries
  • COAL Fondation Board, supporting youth sports and academics
  • Wayne County Historical Society
  • Fall Music Festival, support community non-profits and causes
  • Honesdale Golf Club
  • Cold Hill Hunting Club
Joseph W. Adams

Personal History

Joseph is a 5th generation, Wayne County resident, currently residing in Hamlin, Salem Township, with his wife, Kathryn Scott Adams.