Mission Statement

The mission of the Purchasing Department is to acquire and dispose of, supplies, services and real property at the best value to the City, while ensuring complaince with all state laws, regulations and City ordinances.


Purchasing is a service department with a staff of two responsible for the procurement of all goods, services and real property and to support the City of Salem’s well being.

In its capacity to support those needs, Purchasing renders assistance to City departments in the formulation and revision of Requests for Quotes, Invitation for Bids, Request for Proposals, administering contracts and issuing purchase orders.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Thomas P. Watkins Purchasing Agent 978-745-9595 x.41601
Margaret O'Brien (978) 619-5668