Purchasing Department

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The goals of the Purchasing Department are:

Promote and maintain high ethical values and purchasing practices that are in accordance with the State Statutes and County Policies, which include:

• Acquisition of goods and services in an efficient and effective manner.
• Expending public dollars in a way that instills public trust in the County’s Procurement System.


Our Mission:

The Purchasing Division provides a unified purchasing system that ensures integrity and fairness, with centralized responsibility for oversight of solicitation, vendor selection, negotiation, award, contract management, reporting, disposal of surplus property and support for all departments.
The major objectives are:

• to comply with the comprehensive federal, state and county procurement contracting laws which govern expenditure of public funds
• to provide timely responsive support to departments
• to encourage participation and competition among potential suppliers and contractors
• to ensure good quality products and services at competitive prices
• to ensure equal opportunity to all qualified vendors and contractors wishing to compete for County contracts
• to ensure that small and disadvantaged businesses have the maximum opportunity to participate in County contracts
• to monitor vendor performance to insure accountability
• to provide procurement training to departments to insure adherence to polices and procedures
• to keep abreast of current developments in the field of purchasing, market conditions, new products and trends
• to formulate and recommend purchasing policy and procedures
• to coordinate the disposal of surplus property

These operational functions allow procurement to responsibly ensure that the County receives the best value obtainable for each tax dollar spent.

Our Values:

• to maintain our fiduciary trust
• to deliver customer service and exceed expectations
• to face problems and solve them
• to encourage risk-taking and innovation
• to build and value diversity
• to delegate decision-making appropriately, and
• to embrace open communication and information sharing

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