Adams began his career in corrections in 2001 at the Boyle County Detention Center where he was quickly promoted to Corporal. In 2002 he transferred to Marion Adjustment Center (MAC) and rose through the ranks to Sergeant and Lieutenant. He held numerous positions while at MAC including quality assurance manager/ACA accreditation manager. During his stint in those roles the facility earned 100% compliance.
While at MAC, he was a defensive tactics instructor, crisis prevention and intervention instructor, community relations coordinator/public information officer and travelled to other states assisting with the ACA audit preparation and training.
Adams began his career with DOC in 2009 as a program administrator with the department's central office in the classification branch. He then assisted the substance abuse program by managing the population on the program waiting list. From there he transferred to a program administrator's position for Adult Institutions working on the critical incident management manuals and other duties.
In 2013, Adams became the administrative section supervisor at NTC, supervising multiple areas and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance at the facility. He is a certified PREA auditor and has audited multiple facilities in Kentucky and Missouri. Adams received his bachelor's degree in police administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Commissioner's Executive Leadership Program and a Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD).