Ethics & Standards of Practice

Purchasing Department employees subscribe to these 'Standards of Purchasing Practice' as outlined by the California Association for Public Purchasing Professionals (CAPPO):

  • To regard public service as a sacred trust, giving primary consideration to the interests of the public agency that employs us
  • To purchase without prejudice, seeking to obtain the maximum value for each dollar spent
  • To avoid unfair practices, giving all qualified vendors equal opportunity
  • To honor our obligations and require that obligations to our public agency be honored
  • To accord vendor representatives courteous treatment, remembering that these representatives are important sources of information and assistance in solving our purchasing needs
  • To refuse to accept any form of commercial bribery and prevent any appearance of so doing
  • To be receptive to counsel from our colleagues and to cooperate with them to promote a spirit of teamwork and unity
  • To conduct ourselves with fairness and dignity and to demand honesty and truth in the purchasing process
  • To strive for greater knowledge of purchasing methods and of the materials we purchase
  • To cooperate with all organizations and individuals involved in activities designed to enhance the development of the purchasing profession, remembering that our actions reflect on the entire purchasing professions

Gifts & Gratuities

In regards to gifts and gratuities, the City maintains a strict policy prohibiting its employees from accepting gifts and for gratuities from any supplier or potential supplier. We greatly appreciate your consideration with this policy. (Administrative Regulation AD43 effective September 26, 2006)