Chief Procurement Officer
The Purchasing Department is responsible for overseeing the public bidding process, as required by state law, for the county's capital projects and capital equipment, building maintenance, repair, consultant contracts.
The department is headed by a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO), which is the highest level of professional certification for administrators of the public procurement law.
The purchasing department provides advice and counsel to county departments such that they might efficiently obtain needed goods and services at advantageous prices, consistent with quality and availability, all in compliance with the public purchasing statutes.
Department staff manage the county's requisition and purchase order system, including such advertising as may be required. Related duties include inventory control and surplus disposal.
Purchasing staff also make available to municipal purchasing officials the option of joining many county public bids. The department administers a collaborative effort by over 20 municipalities to purchase fuel for heating buildings and fuel for vehicles. Participating communities have reported achievement of significant savings.
Norfolk County Purchasing Department, 614 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026