In 1974, Clinton County established a centralized purchasing system with the creation of the position of Purchasing Agent. The Purchasing Agent’s main duties include administering the purchase of all materials, supplies and equipment that are required in the operation of the County. In general, the objectives of purchasing are to buy materials, supplies and equipment of the right quality, in the right quantity, from the right source, at the right price, while adhering to all State and local laws.
The Purchasing Agent issues all county project bids and formal requests for proposals (RFPs). These projects are typically broad-based and require coordination and planning through working closely with county department personnel, architectural and engineering firms and the County Attorney, to see the project through to completion.
A central supply division (Central Stores) is maintained under the jurisdiction of the Purchasing Agent. Commonly used office and janitorial supplies are kept for use by all county departments and not-for-profit agencies. The supply division is fully computerized, thus ensuring a fast and accurate method for the departments to obtain many of their supplies.
In addition, the Purchasing Agent is responsible for administrating a central mailing and post office unit, as well as a printing shop (Central Stores) that is responsible for the printing and duplicating needs of all county departments.