The Purchasing Department is the central buying agency for Blount County Government. The Department contracts for and purchases all supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services required by each and every office or department of Blount County Government including Highway and School Departments.
The Blount County Purchasing Department is established by approval of the County Legislative Body and adoption of the County Purchasing Law of 1957, Tennessee Code Annotated 5-14-101 et
The Purchasing Agent is recommended by the Blount County Mayor and approved by the County Legislative Body. The County Purchasing Commission, with the assistance of the Purchasing Agent, shall establish a Purchasing System for the County, and shall adopt and may amend policies and procedures. The County Legislative Body has approved the sealed formal bid limit at $25,000 for the Education Departments, the Highway Department, and General County.The current Purchasing Commission includes:
Ed Mitchell, Shawn Carter, Laura Floyd, Steve Hillis, and Glen Longhurst.
The Purchasing Department receives requisitions for purchase, issues purchase orders, solicits bids, receives and disposes of surplus property (real and personal), provides an office supply store and is in charge of the central mailroom. The Purchasing Agent supervises a full-time staff of three. In order to stay informed of the latest procurement techniques and product information, the Department maintains an active membership in the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP) and the East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA).