Purchasing and Contract Administration

Cabarrus County’s Purchasing and Contracting Division strives to ensure the cost effective, efficient and timely procurement of necessary goods and services to enable departments to operate with the highest accountability in order to effectively deliver services to its citizens. As a division of the Finance Department, all purchasing activities are governed by NC General Statutes. Our intention is to ensure the taxpayer receives full value for each dollar of public funds spent. To that end, procedures conform to open, ethical and sound procurement policies and practices. Qualified suppliers are invited to compete for the County’s business, which consists of a variety of goods and services.

In achieving these goals, Cabarrus County employs both decentralized and centralized procurement operations. The County obtains goods and services using three basic methods:

  1. Procurement Cards
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Contracts

Procurement Cards and purchase orders (POs) are used primarily for supplies, equipment and materials. Contracts are used for construction and services. Examples of services would be: consultants, architects and engineers, security, medical services, etc.