About the Office of Purchasing

Mission Statement

To provide professional services to all and to enhance customer service through operations management, project management, contract management, minority goals, and internal and external training, with the objective of ensuring that all materials, supplies, equipment, and services required by the city are acquired in a timely manner, at the lowest possible cost, consistent with the quality required, and in compliance with all applicable procurement legislation.

Purchasing Administration

Office of Purchasing Administration procures all goods, services, equipment, and supplies, including construction and professional services for the City. The office is also responsible for vendor relations, training internal departments on ethics and internal systems, monitoring potential anti-trust activity, and keeping abreast of legislation affecting procurement within the City.

The office utilizes creative procurement methods to maximize savings and the quality of services provided to the City including forward pricing mechanisms for energy purchases. When established through a competitively bid contract, the City may utilize forward pricing mechanisms to procure energy including natural gas, heating oil, propane, diesel fuel, unleaded fuel (and other energy sources, excluding electricity) subject to appropriation of funds. If fiscally advantageous, the City may purchase a portion of the energy requirements for a particular energy commodity on the futures market and enter into a fixed price contract for a specified period of time. A Committee will convene as needed to review the use of forward pricing mechanisms.

Mail Room

Operating from City Hall, the mail room is responsible for receiving, processing, and distribution of most internal and U.S. Mail for city departments.

Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments

For the 3rd time, the office has been awarded the Accreditation for Quality Public Procurement Departments (Formerly known as Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award). This award recognizes those agencies that lead the public procurement profession. Accreditation certification is valid for 3 years.

NIGP QPPD Accredited Seal

Business Community Outreach

We coordinate services with the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, promote partnerships with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and provide opportunities for all to bid through utilization of e-gov platforms including our own website, eVA - the state's procurement site, as well as NNTV and other 3rd-party organizations.

Whatever it takes, we get it done.