The islands were a dependency of Jamaica until that colony received independence in 1962. Afterwards the governor of the Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973.
A list of office holders since 1973:
- Alexander Graham Mitchell (1973–1975)
- Arthur Christopher Watson (1975–1978)
- John Clifford Strong (1978–1982)
- Christopher J. Turner (1982–1987)
- Michael J. Bradley (1987–1993)
- Martin Bourke (1993–1996)
- John Kelly (1996–2000)
- Mervyn Jones (2000–2002)
- Jim Poston (2002–2005)
- Richard Tauwhare (2005–2008)
- Gordon Wetherell (5 August 2008 – 22 August 2011)
- Ric Todd (12 September 2011 – present)
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