Lee Adams has served as a member of the HPF board since 2015, and has been the secretary of the board since 2018. A member of Downieville Parlor No. 92 since 1983, Lee has also served as both secretary and treasurer of his local parlor and currently serves as the parlor’s treasurer. Lee also participated in the Native Sons state Sesquicentennial event in Sacramento on September 9, 2000.
Lee’s professional career spans 41 years and includes elected office, and service in local government. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento in 1978. Lee Adams began service as a Sierra County Supervisor representing District 1 on January 3, 2009 and is now serving a third term. Lee previously served as sheriff-coroner of Sierra County from 1988 to 2007. Prior to his appointment as sheriff and election to four additional four year terms, he served as a Sierra County deputy sheriff and administrative sergeant for ten years.
In addition to his current service as Supervisor, Lee serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the 35 Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the Pacific Forest Stewardship Council, and Northern California Emergency Medical Services, Inc.
He is a past chair of RCRC, and is a lifetime member of the California State Sheriffs’ Association. Lee also is a member of the Downieville Lions Club, treasurer of the Downieville Museum, Treasurer of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Nevada City, a docent at the Leland Stanford State Historic Park, and a lifetime member of the Death Valley Natural History Association.
In April 2017 Lee was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a member of California Commission on State Mandates, and was confirmed to that position by the California State senate later that year.
More recently, Governor Brown in June 2018 appointed Lee as a member of the California State Historical Resources Commission. Among its many responsibilities, that nine member commission makes recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer with respect to nominations to both the state historical landmark program and national register of historic places program within California.
A native of San Francisco, his maternal great-great-Grandfather, John A. Brewster, was elected California’s fourth surveyor general in 1856.