The Purchasing Department is a section of Finance Administration.
The primary function of the Purchasing Department is to engage in the procurement
of goods, materials and services in a timely, efficient, and effective manner, and
at the best possible price. Although the City operates under a decentralized procurement
system, the Purchasing Department acts as a liaison between the departments and
vendors alike and ensures that the procurement process is carried out in accordance
with the applicable City and State policies, and Federal rules and regulations.
The major objectives of the Purchasing Department are to:
- Ensure the City receives the best value obtainable for each tax dollar spent
- Promote free, open competition and equal opportunity for all vendors who seek to
conduct business with the City
- Monitor vendor performance to insure reliability
- Keep abreast of current developments in the field of purchasing, prices, market
conditions, and new products