City Finance Director Steve Hubka has announced that Bob Walla is the new Purchasing Agent for the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and the City-County Public Building Commission (PBC). Walla has served as Assistant Purchasing Agent since 2006. His new position was effective March 10, and he replaces Vince Mejer, who retired.
Walla was selected by a committee of City, County and PBC representatives after a competitive hiring process that was open to current City and County employees and non-employees. "Bob expressed a vision for the Purchasing Division that demonstrated a commitment to improved customer service to both internal and external customers," said City Finance Director Steve Hubka.
The City-County Purchasing Division in the Finance Department procures commodities and services for 73 City and County departments and divisions and the PBC. Annual purchases through the division total nearly $200 million dollars. The division develops, executes and manages over 600 contracts on an annual basis. The division also develops and implements policies and procedures to promote fair and open competition for bid opportunities. More than 9,000 vendors are registered with the City in the electronic bid (ebid) system, and vendors are added on a continual basis.
In addition to his work for the City and County, Walla has seven years of experience with other government purchasing agencies and owned his own construction business for eight years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Leadership from Grace University in Omaha and a certification in Materials Management from Southeast Community College. He is a Certified Professional Public Buyer as designated by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.
More information on the Purchasing Division is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: purchasing).