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Mission Statement for the Office of Purchasing

Mission Statement for the Office of Purchasing and a Description of the functional areas under the Purchasing banner

Mission Statement

To provide professional services to all: To enhance Customer Service through Operations Management, Project Management, Contract Management, Minority Goals, and Internal and External Training, with the objective of ensuring that all materials, supplies, equipment, and services required by the City are acquired in a timely manner, at the lowest possible cost, consistent with the quality required and in compliance with all applicable procurement legislation.

The Meaning Behind Our Logo

Purchasing Logo - smallOur Office's logo consists of five concentric circles, each representing the areas over which we have direct responsibility, linked to the central function of Purchasing.

Mail Room: Operating from City Hall, the mail room is responsible for receiving, processing and distribution of most internal and US Mail for City departments.

Warehouse: Located on Jefferson Avenue, the Central Warehouse stocks industrial goods, paper products and other items used by City departments, saving money for the City through bulk purchases. We stock necessary supplies to assure that the City can react quickly during emergency events. Additionally, we are responsible for the City's surplus program and some records storage.

Motor Pool: The City Hall Motor Pool maintains a fleet of vehicles for the use of City employees on City business from two sites. This allows for an overall reduction in vehicles assigned to departments. Additionally, the Motor Pool oversees the operation of the fuel operations at the City Hall site.

Print Shop: Our Print Shop provides low-cost, high-quality reproduction of various documents including fliers, newsletters, programs, presentations, agendas, bids and reports. Additionally, we maintain a fleet of copiers used in City offices throughout the peninsula.

Graphic Services: We provide graphic artist services to City departments to assure that pre-press work is compatible and well-designed to assure highest standards of quality while reducing costs of reproduction. We provide design services including logos, cards, forms, newsletters, maps and presentations.

Purchasing Administration: The heart of our Office is the Purchasing Administration section. We work with all City departments for procurement of all goods, services, equipment and supplies, including construction and professional services. We are responsible for vendor relations, training internal departments on ethics and the use of various systems, monitoring potential anti-trust activity, and keeping abreast of legislation affecting procurement as it is developed in the General Assembly.

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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

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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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