Purchasing Office
THE CITY OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA

Purchasing Office

CITY OF DULUTH FLOOD-RELATED WORK POSSIBILITIES: Any contractors or vendors that may be awarded work/service for any recent flood-related projects can access any current bid information by clicking here.

It is also recommended that vendors file their current Certificates of Insurance with the City of Duluth, 411 W. 1st Street, Purchasing Office, Room 100, Duluth, MN 55802 in the amount instructed on the website. This can also be faxed to 218-730-5922 or emailed to dsears@duluthmn.gov. This is required prior to any work being started. Details or Insurance requirement can also be found here.

The Purchasing Division performs the materials management function for the City of Duluth and its Divisions/Departments to include: Public Works and Utilities, Engineers, Architects, Parks and Recreation, Facilities, Street, Fleet, Administration, Finance, Police, Fire, Library and Zoo. Purchasing further provides oversight for various City authorities: Duluth Airport Authority to include Sky Harbor, Spirit Mountain Authority, and the Duluth Economic Development Authority.

The Division procures the highest quality materials and services at the most cost effective results and disposes of surplus materials as required for all City departments in accordance with City, State and Federal regulations. In doing so, Purchasing provides checks and balances in the City’s expenditure equation by separating the procurement duties from the payment process.

The Purchasing Division performs a specialized function by directing its efforts into channels which will further the overall objectives and policies of the City:

  • To secure, whenever possible, competitive prices on purchases.
  •  To establish specifications which will encourage competition and accurately describe the equipment, materials, and services needed.
  • To be receptive to changes in material requirements, new product and procedures.
  • To promote and maintain the good name of the City of Duluth by conducting its affairs in an ethical, friendly and business like manner.
  • To conserve public funds by obtaining the best products and services for the dollars spent.
  • To meet departmental requirements with a minimum investment in materials and inventory consistent with sound practices and economic advantage in support the City of Duluth’s overall mission.
  • To maintain continuity of supply to support on-going service, operations and construction schedules.
Dennis Sears
Purchasing Agent
City Hall, Room 100
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5340

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