The Procurement Department is an office of the City Manager and is assigned the task of procuring quality products and services for all City departments in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

Following statutory guidelines, the Procurement Department, with the help of the user departments, prepares bid specifications for equipment and materials, negotiates professional service contracts, expedites orders and monitors vendor performance.

It is the policy of the City of Kingsport Procurement Department to achieve the highest degree of open, free market competition when soliciting bids and /or proposals for the purpose of public procurement. All bids and/or proposals shall receive equal, fair and nonpreferential treatment throughout the entire procurement process and shall be uniformly solicited, evaluated and awarded on a non-discriminatory basis.

The best interest of the City of Kingsport shall be the final determining factor for the basis of any award with evaluation criteria, including consideration of factors such as price, service, delivery time, specifications, prior history and any other pertinent information relevant to the respective circumstances.