County wins national honor for purchasing excellence

Anoka County is the only county in Minnesota selected to receive a 2012 U.S. Communities Award of Purchasing Excellence given jointly by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the National Association of Counties.

Peter Torvik, National Association of Counties, presents the 2012 U.S. Communities Award of Purchasing Excellence to Anoka County Purchasing Department staff. From left: Whitney LeBlanc, purchasing assistant; Tiffany Audette, purchasing technician II; Torvik; John Sullivan, Anoka County director of risk management and purchasing; Traci Reimringer, purchasing assistant; Andrew Petersen, purchasing technician I; and Michelle Peterson, contract specialist.

Peter Torvik, National Association of Counties, presents the 2012 U.S. Communities Award of Purchasing Excellence to Anoka County Purchasing Department staff. From left: Whitney LeBlanc, purchasing assistant; Tiffany Audette, purchasing technician II; Torvik; John Sullivan, Anoka County director of risk management and purchasing; Traci Reimringer, purchasing assistant; Andrew Petersen, purchasing technician I; and Michelle Peterson, contract specialist.

The award recognizes organizational excellence in public procurement and is based on the impressive cost savings achieved with the county’s purchasing contracts.

“This award is a direct result of the hard work and tenacity of our purchasing department professionals,” said Anoka County Board Chairperson Rhonda Sivarajah.

“They are committed to spending tax dollars wisely, continually searching for the best possible price on needed goods and services.”

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