UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020:  The following City of Williamsburg buildings and facilities are closed to the public through April 23:  Municipal Building, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Waller Mill Park, Police Department and Fire Station (only required staff will be at work, others will be teleworking). Governor Northam issued a "stay at home" executive order through June 10, 2020. Business assistance information can be found here. The City's telephone hotline (for city service questions):  (757) 259-7200 and the Virginia Health Dept. call center (for COVID-19 questions/concerns):  (757) 594-7069.

Julie Phares, Purchasing Agent
Phone: (757)220-6181
Fax: (757)259-8057

Purchasing System Overview

The City's purchasing system operates under the direction & supervision of the City Manager. The Purchasing Agent acts as the City's principal public purchasing official and is responsible for the purchase of goods, services, insurance and construction, except where such authority has been assigned or delegated to other persons. The Purchasing Agent is also responsible for the management and disposal of excess, obsolete and salvageable materials and equipment.

The City purchasing system embodies the principles of empowerment, continuous improvement & efficiency by delegating specified purchasing responsibilities to department heads. The goals of the purchasing system are to:

  • EMPHASIZE quality, value, & integrity in all procurements
  • DELEGATE purchasing authority when possible & prudent
  • EXERCISE positive fiscal control over public expenditures
  • PROMOTE administrative efficiency
  • COMPLY with the Virginia Public Procurement Act
Member Affiliations:
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing  National Institute of Governmental Purchasing*
Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing*