Primary Department Responsibilities
The Purchasing Department is primarily responsible for the acquisition of quality products and services for projects throughout the City of Jackson. It works closely with businesses and government entities throughout the entire procurement process to assure these items are obtained quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. To streamline the bidding process, bid applications for open projects are accepted online, and all past bids are tabulated for easy viewing.
Purchasing Agents are the primary procurement officers for the City of Jackson. Any purchases in excess of $20,000 are required to be authorized by the City Council. The council also reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, as well as recommend the acceptance of bids other than the lowest estimate when it is determined to be in the best interest of the city.
Additional Functions & Duties
In addition to managing the procurement process, the Purchasing Department has a number of other functions and responsibilities, including:
Citywide contract management
Mail room operations
Maintenance of City Hall
Regulation of the procurement card program
Administration of inventory / asset records and sale / disposal of surplus equipment