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May 27, 2011

Cost-savings Purchasing Partnership Update

The purchasing partnership project with Deloitte Consulting is moving to the next stage that involves seeking bids from qualified vendors in three categories. In early June, the County will issue three Requests for Proposal (RFP) for facility and grounds maintenance, telecommunications, and DSS transportation services.

County and City of Charlotte procurement services staff are helping guide and shape the RFP process. Current vendors will receive a communication prior to the release of the RFPs and will be invited to respond to the RFPs, along with other qualified vendors.

Since the initial Deloitte presentation to the Board, the purchasing project has expanded to include the City of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College, as well as the Public Library. To generate potential savings from economies of scale, all four organizations have joined the County and are participating in the RFP process in specific categories.

The RFP portion of the purchasing process is targeting potential cost savings of $1.2 million to $1.9 million. Subsequent steps in the project will include construction and capital reserve cost saving initiatives. Those spending categories will receive the same diligence and strategic sourcing in the coming months, once the adopted FY2012 budget defines the spending plan for construction and capital projects.

Board members with questions should email General Manager John McGillicuddy or call 704-336-2661.

Veteran Services Hiring

Jim Prosser, a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, is the new division director of the Veterans Services Office (VSO) in the Community Support Services Department. Prosser began his new duties on May 18. He was previously a case coordinator for the New Options for Violent Actions (NOVA) program, which is part of the Women's Commission, another CSS division. He is a former veteran’s services specialist for the County. He began working for the County on July 2, 2008. Prosser served 22 years of active duty and five years in the Air Force Reserve.

CSS Director Stacy Lowry has also hired Darryl Crenshaw as a full-time supervisor in the VSO. Crenshaw worked as the interim VSO division director, while the position was vacant. He began his new position on May 18.

Board members needing additional information should email Stacy Lowry or call 704-336-3784.

Budget Workshops Reminder

Please be aware that the start time for the budget workshops on June 1, 2, and 3 is 5 p.m. with dinner available beginning at 4 p.m. The budget workshops will be held in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

 -- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager

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