Purchasing Division

The Purchasing Division provides centralized control over the procurement of materials, equipment and services for all departments, offices and agencies of the City. Purchasing is responsible for setting standards and specifications for items to be purchased; for advertising and tabulation of bids; assisting departments in obtaining contracts for services; preparation and issuance of purchase orders, materials management; fixed asset inventory, and supervising the transfer or disposal of all surplus materials, supplies and equipment.

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Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy

The City of Columbia Purchasing Division subscribes to the highest standards of ethical conduct for avoiding improper business practices and personal conflicts of interest for all personnel engaged directly or indirectly in the award and administration of the city’s contracts. As such, Purchasing has developed a Division Code of Ethics Policy which establishes that employees of the Purchasing Division will neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors, or parties to contracts or subcontracts. Our policy is to avoid all conflicts of interest and all appearances of conflicts of interest.

 View the Division’s Code of Ethics.

“The city, as a general policy does not reimburse for indirect cost. The Purchasing Agent may make an exception to this policy if a specific contract/agreement merits such reimbursement.”

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