Purchasing Code of Ethics
As public employees and purchasing professionals, we owe the
State, the City and our institutions our best unbiased judgment
every time we expend their money and/or act on their behalf. We
guide our activity through the application and adherence to the
following commonly shared values and ethical standards for dealing
with vendors and clients:
- Avoid unfair practices by granting all competitive suppliers
equal consideration insofar as State, Federal and City regulations
- Conduct business in good faith; demanding honesty and ethical
practices from all participants in the purchasing process.
- Decline personal gifts or gratuities from present or potential
suppliers since this can influence or appear to influence procurement
- Promote positive supplier/contractor relationships by according
vendor representatives courteous, fair and ethical treatment.
- Make every reasonable effort to negotiate equitable and mutually
agreeable settlements of controversies with a supplier(s).
- Avoid involvement in any transactions/activities that could
be considered to be a conflict between personal interest and
the interests of the City.
- Know and obey the letter and spirit of laws governing the
purchasing function and remain alert to the legal ramifications
of purchasing decisions.
- Enhance proficiency by acquiring and maintaining current
technical knowledge and pursuing related educational opportunities
and professional growth.
The mission of the Finance Department is to provide fiduciary control of the
City's assets, perform fiscally related services, and provide accurate, timely
and useful financial information to support the delivery of municipal services
to the City organization and the public. The Finance Department consists of the
Administration, Accounting, Financial Resources, and Purchasing & Risk