Parker County’s Purchasing Department was recognized for the second year in a row in 2011 with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award.
The award recognizes organizational excellence in procurement, with Parker County’s Purchasing Department cited for innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, transparency and leadership.
“Parker County is one of only 35 government agencies in Texas and 1 of only 41 counties in the United States to receive this award,” said Kathleen Bender with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Committee.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley said the independent nature of the department is one of the vital separations of power within county government.
“The importance of the role that our Purchasing Department plays in catching and eliminating wasteful spending practices that can plague governments can not be overstated,” Riley said. “I am proud of the work our Purchasing Agent and her staff has done to be recognized with this award.”
Parker County Purchasing Agent Deena Nichols praised her staff and said winning the award for a second year in a row affirms that the hard work put in by her office is effective.
“It is nice to be recognized not just locally but nationally,” she said. “As we, like other county departments, work hard to find ways to do more with less in respect to our budget, I am also reminded that while it is important to be financially prudent at all times especially during an economic downturn, it is also important that we strive to provide the financial accountability and transparency for the procurement process that the public expects.”
Parker County is one of the state’s fastest growing counties, with the population increasing from 88,000 in 2000 to 117,000 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census. The purchasing department consists of only Nichols, Chief Assistant/Contract Administrator Kim Rivas Harris and Buyer Peggy Garrett.