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A NEW CODE A matrix provided to the County Commission notes changes in the guidelines for vendors to receive local preference in bidding on contracts. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES A REVISED PROCUREMENT CODE ALMOST TWO YEARS AFTER A SCANDAL SULLIED THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT'S REPUTATION By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor When Sarasota County Procurement Official Ted Coyman stood before the County Commission on March 19, he was seeking final approval for a revised Procurement Code — a process that began in June 2011 after the county's purchasing department was wracked by scandal. Chairwoman Carolyn Mason then opened a public hearing, but after months of county staff discussions with vendors and representatives of building firms as well, no one had signed up to speak. Commissioner Christine Robinson referred to the text on the board's agenda in moving apCoyman briefly ran down a list of some of the proval of the repeal of the existing ordinancrecommended changes in the county's Proes and putting the new curement Code, but one into effect. the County CommisI want to raise your confidence Commissioner Charles sion had been working Hines seconded the with him since Janu- level that this document has really been motion. ary 2012 to modify the scrubbed and vetted. document. There were The action also estabTed Coyman Procurement Official no surprises at this lished new thresholds Sarasota County point. for expenses County

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