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ELLIS COUNTY -  Following through with the Ellis County Commissioners Court directive to actively pursue cost savings on all fronts, Ellis County Purchasing Agent Alisha Wickens asked commissioners for approval to participate in two cooperative purchasing programs, the National Joint Purchasing Association and the Cooperative Purchasing Network.

“This is just another resource for us to use to get the best possible pricing,” said Wickens. “There is no obligation.”

After approving the agreements, subject to legal review, the court also approved an agreement with Xerox for the lease of various copiers throughout the county, to replace copiers with less functionality whose leases had expired or were set to expire in the near future.  A full presentation by Xerox was made during a workshop a few weeks ago.

A proposal to enter into an exclusive purchasing agreement with Staples under the terms of the National Joint Purchasing Association will be taken up at a later date after Wickens gathers additional input from department heads for direct comparisons.

“The sentiment is to move forward, but we also don’t want to see it become a complicated matter,” said County Judge Carol Bush.

Wickens indicated she will also investigate whether there could be a test period to assist in a full evaluation of the proposal.

Special Projects Director Kathy Eriksen updated the court on progress toward narrow banding of public safety radios and said she will be reaching out to other agencies who communicate with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Dispatch to keep them informed as the project continues.


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raccoon 01/30/2012 10:25:31
The Commissioners Court is not a cost savings center. It is made up of Precinct Commissioners. They are just like a Congressman or Senator and want to bring home the bacon to their precinct.

The real cost saver would be a Purchasing Department (free from the Commissioners oversight by reporting directly to District Judges like other Counties our size), a County Judge that can manage (non attorney) and has private business experience. Attorneys in the Court (the ones that advise the Court and sit in the choir section) also need to be based on a background as a defense attorney instead of a background as a prosecutor. Prosecutors, in my opinion, will not look for solutions and condemn any type of action. Most companies will look for good defense attorneys for answers.
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