Purchasing

The Purchasing Division analyzes the purchasing patterns of city departments, plans procurements to take advantage of annual cycles, distributes specifications to appropriate sources, receives bids and proposals, and awards and monitors contracts.

The Purchasing Division provides equal competitive opportunity to all suppliers by promoting competitive bidding and/or competitive negotiation, and establishes and maintains trust, confidence, and cooperation with all suppliers.

Language Assistance

If you do not speak, read, or write English well, the City will provide an interpreter at no cost to you!  This is available for all services and programs the City offers.  For language assistance, please call 540-853-2000 and press 2.

Asistencia Lingüística

Si usted no habla, lee, o escribe el inglés bien, ¡la Ciudad proporcionará un intérprete sin costo a usted!  La interpretación está disponible por todos servicios y programas que ofrece la Ciudad.   Para obtener asistencia lingüística, por favor llame a 540-853-2000 y oprime el 2.

Attention All Current City of Roanoke Contractors, COVID-19 Positive Test Results Notice

Pursuant to the DOLI COVID-19 rules at 16 VAC 25-220-40(B)(7), all employees or other persons associated with you company, who are known or suspected to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus, shall be sent home, stay home, and stay away from work sites until they are cleared to return to work. Additionally, you are required by law to advise Trevor Shannon within 24 hours in the event that an employee of your company or someone associated with your company tests positive for COVID-19. Click here to read the full notice for additional information.

Solicitation Details

Solicitation details may be found on the City's Vendor Self Service System (https://vss.roanokeva.gov/webapp/VSSPROD/AltSelfService)  or on the Purchasing Division website (www.roanokeva.gov/purchasing) under the Current Bids and Proposals Tab.

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Vendor Self Service

Public Access to new solicitations and Register to do business with the City of Roanoke online. 

Purchase Order Terms and Conditions
General Conditions



The Purchasing Division is responsible for overseeing purchasing activities for the City of Roanoke in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act and the city's procurement policies and procedures. Responsibilities of the Purchasing Division include purchasing and contracting for all supplies, materials, equipment, and contractual services required by any city department, overseeing of the contracts, leases, and agreement database, administration of the purchasing card program, wireless communications, records management and surplus property.

We present the opportunity for interested vendors to provide products and/or services to all city departments. We advocate equal opportunity both in purchasing and employment, and seek participation from small, minority, women-owned, and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. This public body does not discriminate against faith-based organizations.
  1. Pamela Simpkins Bio
  2. Toni Thomas Bio

Pamela Simpkins, CPPB, CUPO, VCO, former Director of Procurement and Contracts for Radford University, joined the City of Roanoke as Purchasing Manager on August 1.  Pam has thirty two years of public procurement experience having previously worked at Virginia Tech, Montgomery County (VA), and Virginia Western Community College.

Pam previously served on the Board of Directors of VASCUPP (Virginia Association of State Colleges and University Purchasing Professionals) for fifteen years holding officer positions as President, Vice President and Treasurer. Pam also served as an officer on the National Association of Education Procurement (NAEP), District II (VA, MD, DC).

Pam earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech and her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Ferrum College. Pam holds the Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB), the Certified University Purchasing Officer (CUPO), and the Virginia Contract Officer (VCO).

Pam grew up in Roanoke County graduating from Cave Spring High School and currently resides in Montgomery County with her husband, JB Simpkins and daughter Brooke, who is a student at Virginia Tech.  Pam and JBs twin daughters, Gabrielle Dye, lives in Iwakuni Japan where her husband is an officer in US Marine Corps, and Jordan Stump, who lives in Radford, works at Virginia Tech in the Purchasing Department. Pam has two grandsons, Brody and Garrett Stump.

Pam is excited to return to her hometown to work for the City of Roanoke.