County purchasing administrator receives statewide award

Oakland County’s purchasing administrator Scott Guzzy has received prestigious recognition from his peers, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. The Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA) named him its Purchasing Manager of the Year Thursday night at its annual conference in Grand Rapids.

The award recognizes an individual for work or innovations in public purchasing, involvement with their community, contributions to MPPOA and the purchasing profession.

“This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Scott’s talent, ethics and hard work. He epitomizes what every purchasing manager should strive to be,” Patterson said.

Guzzy became purchasing administrator in 2012 when he helped oversee the merger of the county’s Purchasing Division with the Auditing Division to form the new Compliance Office. He has managed other major projects such as placing county contracts online in order to improve Oakland County’s transparency and driving the effort to have all purchasing staff earn their buyer certification from the National Institute of Government Procurement (NIGP).

“You’re only as good as your least-best player, and I have a great staff,” Guzzy said. “They deserve credit for this award because they make my job easier.”

Guzzy, 54, lives in Waterford Township with his wife Terri, who is also a county employee. He has worked in county purchasing since 1998 after having joined the county in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He holds a certification as a public procurement officer from the NIGP. He served on the MPPOA board from 2004-2011 and as its president in 2008-2009.