Ocean City Today

Resort procurement office honored with accreditation

By Katie Tabeling | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) Ocean City’s procurement department has been recognized for its policies and practices this week, as staff members were awarded an Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award.

The department is one of four in Maryland to receive the accreditation, and the first on the Eastern Shore.

“I would like to thank the mayor and City Council for trusting in our vision, supporting our endeavors, and empowering us with the authority to get to this status,” said Procurement Manager Catrice Parsons, speaking on behalf of the department. “We would also like to thank all town employees in helping us get here, without a supportive team environment we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goals.”

The accreditation is awarded to agencies demonstrating “procurement excellence” in line with the policies of the NIGP, the Institute for Public Procurement.

According to city officials, those standards include criteria for mission and strategies, organization, authority and responsibility, planning and scheduling, standards and specifications and a multitude of other operational principles.

Parsons credited her staff for the honor.

“It has not been a tranquil path, but one well-traveled with seasoned and new procurement professionals who are unfailing and talented,” she said. “We have made great strides over the last four years … We are delighted to see our ideas come to realization and are optimistic as we look to the future and all the possibilities before us.”


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