The responsibility of purchasing ultimately rests with the Commissioners Court. The purchasing agent, as an agent of the Commissioners Court, aids in the purchasing process but is subject to the court's direction as to reasonable specifications and maximum prices on items to be purchased.
The Purchasing Department was established to assist each elected official, department head, and staff to procure necessary goods and services at the best possible price within all purchasing laws, while providing vendors with one single source of contact for county procurement opportunities.
The goals of the Purchasing Department include the following:
Delivery of goods and services when and where needed
Obtain the best value for taxpayer dollars by purchasing quality goods and services for the best price
To ensure an atmosphere of equality for all vendors