Purchasing is a divison of the General Services Agency (GSA) that provides County wide procurement support. The County Purchasing Agent, as director of GSA is responsible for implementing and enforcing Board of Supervisors and Administrative Office policies pertaining to County procurement. The Purchasing staff is charged with ensuring that the County's process is fair, competitive, efficient and conducted under clear ethical guidelines.
The Board of Supervisors delegates the authority to procure all goods and services to the County Purchasing Agent. This authority is then delegated to specific buyers by commodity classification. Under direction of GSA, the Purchasing staff ensures that proper safeguards are in place for maintaining a procurement system of quality and integrity by providing procurement support, training and oversight countywide. As a regional leader in public procurement the County seeks to set the example and build opportunities for cooperative purchasing to ensure public funds are expended in a manner that provides maximum benefit to the taxpayers of San Luis Obispo County.
Our mission is to provide San Luis Obispo County procurement leadership through effective collaboration, teamwork, training, and oversight to ensure a procurement process that is fair, cost effective, efficient and in accordance with Board policy, as well as state and local statutes.
The County Purchasing staff serves as a centralized procurement entity, overseeing procurement across the 26 County departments. To accomplish this task, we are organized as shown in this Organizational Chart.