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G8 Palm Beach Post-Times, Snntlav.yov. 3. 1968 4 Purchasing Keeps Wood Hopping ELECT REPRESENTATIVE TO i 2r7 Mil Irljillrt! bids on advertised contracts. Once the bids have been submitted, Wood and the head ot whatever department will be using the item or material up for contract schedule a conference to determine the best offer. In his spare time, which doesn't amount to very much, Wood works on his two "projects" for the department. One is to prepare a purchasing manual for the information of all the departments using the purchasing office. "I usually get about three JOE HUMPHREY believes In sound economy. He has consistently voted against Increasing your taxes. Elmer Friday voted for Increasing your sales tax, cigarette tax, liquor tax and beer tax. These Increases were the largest In the history of Florida. When economy was the issue ... Where was Elmer? woids written down and then the phone rings," Wood laughs. "But I am working on It and hope to finish it soon." Wood's other project is the expansion of the county's printing shop. The purchasing Department, in addition to Its researching, negotiating and buying duties, also is in charge of printing all letterhead stationery, envelopes, legal forms, and other paper, used by county departments. A recent big Job, for Instance, was processing the 1968 XJovernmental Study Commission (GSC) report Until about a year and a half ago, the Purchasing Department was under the Jurisdiction of the Engineering Department. With the hiring of Jack Dean as county administrator, it was recommended that purchasing be a separate department. Wood says, "I've tried to organize the department in a more efficient manner so as to provide the maximum service for all county departments." By MAST SEMPEPOS Staff Writer When the County Survey Department needs a snake bite kit Mile Wood Is the man to icalL Wood is Palm Beach County's purchasing agent. He handles requests from every county department except the sheriffs office and the school system. The requests range from foodstuffs for the county home t ) fog oil for the Mosquito Control Department. II the Item involved costs more than $2,000, then It has to' go out for. advertised bidding. Otherwise Wood and his assistant, William Beckendorf, decide where to get it. Wood, who used to be in po lice work when he lived in New York City, has been wi'h the county since February. Previously he was employed as purchasing, agent for an area firm which deals with the manufacture of pre-fabricated homes. Being a purchasing agent Is mostly dealing with, "the deluge of mail and requisitions from all over the county" which come in every day Monday through Friday." "I spend a good deal of time on the phone, too, getting details," Wood explains in describing his work. Almost every Tuesday Wood Is present at the County Commission meeting in West Palm Beach. 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