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Home Page for the Office of Purchasing

Click on "Solicitation Tracker" under the Resources section to the left for Specifications, Tally Sheets, and Award Information.

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Recognized as a Leader in Procurement

The City of Newport News Office of Purchasing continues to be nationally recognized for innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership in the procurement profession.

NIGP Logo.jpgThe office has been a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) since 1949, and is a charter member of theVAGP Logo.jpg Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.


NPI Award.jpgThree times (1999, 2003, 2007), the office has been awarded the National Purchasing Institute’s (NPI) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award. This prestigious award is presented to those organizations that demonstrate to an independent committee a level of excellence by obtaining a high rating based on standardized criteria.

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 For the second time, the office has been awarded the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award (OA4). This award recognizes those agencies that lead the public procurement profession. Accreditation certification is valid for three years.

 All of the senior staff have achieved and hold current professional certifications.

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Newport News Office of Purchasing has been a leader in reaching out to the business community. We are members of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, promote partnerships with the Department of Minority Business Enterprise, 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 third-party organizations.

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 Whatever it takes, we get it done! 

Staff Professionalism

All of the senior level buying staff are recognized by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) for achieving high standards of proficiency in public procurement as demonstrated by substantial professional experience, procurement related coursework and superior examination performance.


The Office of Purchasing is responsible for the purchase of all materials, supplies, services, construction and equipment for all City departments and agencies, and is responsible for the centralized control and disposal of excess, obsolete and salvageable materials and equipment. The Office also oversees operation of the City's Central Mail Service, the Central Warehouse, the City Hall Motor Pool, Graphics Services and the Printshop.

Through our minority program, we seek to facilitate the establishment, preservation and strengthening of small businesses and businesses owned by women and minorities and to encourage their participation in the City's procurement activities.

Use the links in the column at the left for Services & Resources offered on the web and in the column at the right to email staff. Scroll down for special announcements and more information.




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Office of Purchasing
4th Floor, City Hall
2400 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607
Ph: (757) 926-8721
Fx: (757) 926-8038

E-mail Office of Purchasing

Click here for the Buyers' Departmental assignments, or select below if you already know the person's name that you wish to contact.

Shari D. Colvin, CPPO, CPPB
Deputy Director
(757) 926-8031
Gregory L. Smith, CPPB, C.P.M.
Procurement Administrator
(757) 926-8035
Business Analyst C
(757) 926-8033
Rose Kee, CPPB
Senior Buyer
(757) 926-8028
Senior Buyer
(757) 926-8040
Keith Gordon, CPPB
Senior Buyer
(757) 926-8034


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