Smith County purchasing department receives national award

Staff members of the Smith County Purchasing Department: (from left) Vicki Glenn, receptionist; Shelly Louderman, buyer; Kim Gould, purchasing director; Christina Haney, assistant purchasing director; and Jordan Norris, inventory specialist/buyer; show off the 2016 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award they received from the National Procurement Institute.

Smith County was one of only eight counties in Texas and one of 48 counties in the United States and Canada to receive an award from the National Procurement Institute. The Smith County Purchasing Department earned the 2016 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The continuously evolving criteria to receive the award measures state-of-the-art best practices.

“To me, this recognition means that this department is continually striving for excellence,” Smith County Purchasing Director Kim Gould said. “We are honored to be one of only eight counties in Texas to receive this prestigious award.”

Mrs. Gould will attend the National Procurement Institute’s national convention in October to formally accept the award on behalf of Smith County. Her department will also be recognized during the Texas Public Purchasing Association’s Annual Fall Conference in November.The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement recognizes organizational excellence in procurement. The criteria is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement function. The award is earned by public and nonprofit organizations.

For the 2016 designation, there were 202 successful applicants nationwide, including 48 counties, 72 cities, 25 higher education agencies, 23 school districts, 21 special districts and 13 state agencies. To receive the award, Smith County was graded on the education and certification of Mrs. Gould and her staff; on performance measures they follow; on e-procurement, such as their online auctions and posting all of their bids, contract documents and other financial documents online; and new and innovative programs the county has implemented that affect the Purchasing Department.

Smith County also received the award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Mrs. Gould is serving a four-year term on the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Evaluation Committee. Each application for the award is scored by four different evaluators and no one on the committee can score their own submission.

On the committee, Mrs. Gould represents the Texas Public Purchasing Association, of which she serves as vice president. Mrs. Gould has 12 years of experience in purchasing. She began as a buyer for Smith County in 2005 and has worked her way up to purchasing director. She left Smith County in 2012 to become purchasing director for Ellis County and returned here to be purchasing director of Smith County in December 2014. While in Ellis County, Mrs. Gould received the procurement award for her work there.


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