About the Office of Purchasing

Procurement Mission

To obtain high quality goods and services at fair prices in an open and impartial manner and obtain those goods and services with efficiency and integrity with the overall objective to support  the City’s mission, vision and values.

Procurement Vision

To be a trusted partner within the City though a customer focused approach as well as strategically source goods and services using efficient procurement processes.

Procurement Values

  • Financial Stewardship: Commitment to obtain the most favorable prices for taxpayer dollars.
  • Integrity: Continuously operate with high ethical standards with fairness, transparency and legal compliance evident in our business practices.
  • Innovation: Maintain an environment that values opinions and implements continuous process improvement and innovative thinking.
  • Service: Be a trusted source for information and guidance related to the procurement life cycle to our internal customers in a collaborative and supportive manner.
  • Strategic Sourcing: Consistently apply strategic sourcing processes (cost analysis, commodity and vendor research, marketplace evaluation, vendor negotiation) when procuring goods and services.
  • Supplier Diversity: Initiate outreach initiatives to engage and build a diverse supplier database. 


The office continues to be nationally recognized for innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership in the procurement profession, and has been a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) since 1949, and is a charter member of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.


Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments

The office has been continuously awarded the Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments. This award recognizes those agencies that lead the public procurement profession. 

NIGP QPPD Accredited Seal