Purchasing and Bid Opportunities
The City of Little Rock Purchasing Division is a centralized purchasing office that has the responsibility to locate and secure materials, supplies, equipment, and related services as required by various departments within the City of Little Rock.
The City of Little Rock Purchasing Division is an active member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the Arkansas Chapter of NIGP.
Hours of Operation
Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Should you wish to meet with personnel within the Purchasing Division, you are encouraged to set up an appointment.
Jerry Paul, Purchasing Agent
Louise Drayton, Assistant Purchasing Agent
Cassie Weatherington, Purchasing Assistant
How the City of Little Rock Buys
Rules governing purchasing and contract procedures were established under the concept of open bidding. The City of Little Rock purchases in accordance with applicable laws, statues, and ordinances. Purchase awards are made to the lowest responsible vendor who meets City of Little Rock specifications and has the capacity to deliver the product or service.
Purchases valued over $2,500 but less than $25,000 (except construction) require competitive solicitation by at least three (3) written informal quotations, which can be received electronically, by facsimile, or by first class mail. This requirement may be waived when such waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the City of Little Rock.
Purchases of $25,000 ($20,000 for construction) or above require formal "Invitation for Bids" or "Request for Proposals". Bid notices are placed in either the Arkansas Democrat Gazette or Daily Record, City of Little Rock Website, City Access Channel 11, and the Purchasing Division Office. Bid awards of $50,000 or above are approved by the Little Rock City Board of Directors, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.