ResponsibilitiesThe City of Dubuque procures many goods and services through a purchasing system that, for the most part, is decentralized. In other words, City departments have staff members who provide the purchasing services for their department. These authorized individuals are responsible for ensuring that the centralized procurement policies which the City has developed and continues to expand are followed.
The Purchasing Coordinator’s responsibilities include facilitating a number of city-wide bids, developing and participating in intergovernmental purchasing projects and oversight of the City’s procurement policies.
The City of Dubuque recognizes that the success of our City is directly linked to the success of our local businesses. For this reason the City of Dubuque allows locally-owned businesses located within the City of Dubuque corporate limits a ten (10) percent preference on purchases up to $500, and a five (5) percent preference on purchases of $500 or more. Purchases which are made through the formal bid process (i.e., construction projects) must be awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder per Code of Iowa requirements.
Purchases shall be made using sound purchasing judgment without favor or prejudice, to ensure that public money is spent efficiently and effectively. Potential vendors shall be given an opportunity to provide quotations, bids or proposals and shall be treated fairly in the process. For a listing of City bid and proposal opportunities please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/bids.