Randy Burns has started at Escambia County as the new purchasing manager. He joins Escambia County with more than 25 years of experience in private and public procurement.
Burns joins Escambia County from the City of Alexandria, Va., where he previously served as the Chief Procurement Officer. He also previously served as a purchasing agent at the Alexandria Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University and holds several certifications including, Certified Professional Public Buyer. Burns was also the Procurement Division Manager in St. Mary’s County Maryland, where he directed all procurement operations for the County and was responsible for annual spending of more than $200 million. Burns is also a veteran of the United States Army.
“Mr. Burns comes to us with an impeccable resume and experience,” said County Administrator Janice Gilley. “I look forward to him bringing our county purchasing processes into the 21st century.”
As the Escambia County purchasing manager Burns’ duties include overseeing Escambia County’s procurement program and contracts management by supervising personnel as well as developing and administering policies and procedures to procure quality goods or services for the county.
“I’m looking forward to joining Escambia County and returning to the community I grew up in,” said Burns. “I am dedicated to ensuring the procurement process is transparent and accessible for those interested in conducting business with Escambia County.”
The hiring of Burns comes at around the same time Escambia County is filling other important vacancies. The county just recently selected a new Fire Chief and EMS Director, and the City of Pensacola selected a new Police Chief, all this week.