The Purchasing Department, established by Section 801 of the Wicomico County Charter, is charged with responsibility for purchasing, in the manner prescribed by the County Charter and the Purchasing Manual, supplies and contractual services (including capital projects and consultant services) needed by all agencies of the county-or by other public or quasi-public agencies that elect to use its services.
The Purchasing Agent is part of the Office of the County Executive and has full responsibility for advertising, soliciting, and evaluating quotes, bids and proposals for each requirement estimated to exceed $10,000 in value. In addition, the Purchasing Agent reviews and approves open market purchases to ensure that agencies with delegated authority for these smaller transactions adhere fully to Section 801 of the Wicomico County Code.
Competition is the key to all public procurement laws, because it ensures maximum value for our tax dollars, and promotes the open and fair process that our citizens and business community expect.
All solicitations exceeding $25,000 are advertised on the County's website, on the bid board in the lobby of the Government Office Building, and on eMaryland Marketplace.