Commissioner

DPW Commissioner

DPW

Derek Gabriel

On February 8, 2021, Derek Gabriel was nominated by Governor Albert Bryan Jr. to serve as the eighteenth (18th) Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. On June 3, 2021, he was officially sworn-in, becoming the youngest person in the Department’s history to serve in that position. Prior to starting his tenure at the Department of Public Works, Derek held different positions in both the private and public sectors specializing in project management, procurement, business development, property management, retail development and government relations.  

After graduating from the University of Delaware, Derek returned to St. Thomas to spend time with his family and to make a positive difference in the community. He began working for Senator Shawn-Michael Malone as a Legislative Aide and Public Relations Officer. In March 2009, he was offered the opportunity to work as a Special Assistant to the Governor assigned to the St. Thomas/Water Island Administrator, working on community initiatives and youth activities. In 2011, he completed the Henry Toll Fellowship, a prestigious program instituted by the Council on State Governments aimed at developing future state leaders. Derek continued his career in public service, serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Property & Printing at the Department of Property & Procurement until May 2015.

Derek has been married to Keli Gabriel since October 2011. Together, they have two children, Savanah, 9, and Lukas, 5. He served three terms as a Trustee of All Saints Cathedral School Board, including two terms as the board’s chairman. He currently serves as the President of the Cathedral Church of All Saints Men’s Fellowship and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Virgin Islands Port Authority. He is a proud graduate of the All Saints Cathedral School.

DPW

Executive Team

Rueben Jennings

     Assistant Commissioner       St. Thomas/St. John

Averil George

     Assistant Commissioner       St. Croix

Jomo McClean
Highway Program Manager
Tawana Nicholas
Chief Engineer
Kinila Callendar
Chief of Staff
Karole Ovesen-McGregor

     Deputy Commissioner Transportation

Orville Isaac

       Deputy Commissioner                       Operations                 St. Thomas/St. John

Dodson James

        Deputy Commissioner                        Operations               St. Croix

Sherrylyn Stapleton
Confidential Secretary
Ashli Iles
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
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Special Projects

Project 1

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Project 2

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Project 3

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Albert Bryan Jr.

Governor of the United States Virgin Islands

Tregenza A. Roach, ESQ

Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands