The securing of goods and services necessary for the operation of municipal government is a major professional and administrative responsibility. The City views the relationships with its vendors, suppliers, and contractors as a business partnership where all parties are expected to coordinate and combine talents, ideas, and actions in order to produce superior results for the citizens of the City of Lowell.
Under the supervision of the Chief Procurement Officer, the City of Lowell's Purchasing Department:
- Implements and administers the purchasing policies and practices of the City;
- Provides procurement support to City departments, divisions, bureaus and boards;
- Coordinates the disposal of surplus property and supplies;
- Verifies that purchases of goods and services are made in accordance with applicable Commonwealth law and City ordinances;
- Ensures that all purchases are obtained in the best interest of the City; and
- Maintains procurement records in accordance with M.G.L. c30B.
The Purchasing Department strives for open and fair competition, while maintaining goodwill with all vendors interested in doing business with the City, and preserving the public trust. Depending on the amount and/or expected cost of items or services to be purchased, the City may solicit quotes or go through a sealed bid/proposal process.