The Purchasing Division, is a centralized agency, responsible for all City purchases and contractual activities. This entails the determination of service needs, research of available products and services, development of City standards and specifications, acquisition of informal and formal bid quotations, and inspection of delivered goods and services prior to payment. This activity is responsible for the sale of obsolete equipment and the pursuit of used equipment and furniture via auctions.


The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award recognizes organizational excellence in procurement. Public and non-profit organizations earn the award by obtaining a high application score based on standardized criteria. The judging criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement function.

The AEP Award is sponsored by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Institute for Public Procurement, the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) and the Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA).

The City of Mesquite is 1 of only 38 government agencies in Texas and 1 of only 54 cities in the United States to receive the award. The City of Mesquite has received the award for 10 consecutive years.