Debarment & Suspension

After reasonable notice to the person and/or firm involved and reasonable opportunity for that person and/or firm to be heard, the finance director, after consulting with the purchasing supervisor, and the city attorney if necessary, is authorized to debar a person and/or firm for cause from consideration for award of contracts.

The debarment shall be for a period of not more than 3 years. The director is authorized to suspend a person and/or firm from consideration for award of contracts if there is probable cause to believe that the person has engaged in any activity, which might lead to debarment.

The causes for debarment include:
  • Conviction from commission of a criminal offense as an incident to obtaining or attempting to obtain a public or private contract or subcontract
  • Conviction under state or federal statues of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, receiving stolen property, or any other offense indicating a lack of business integrity or business honesty
  • Conviction under state or federal anti-trust statutes arising out of the submission of bids or proposals
  • Violation of contract provisions of a character which is regarded by the finance director to be so serious as to justify debarment action
  • Any other cause the finance director determines to be so serious and compelling as to affect responsibility as a City contractor, including debarment by another governmental entity for any cause listed in this policy
For violation of the ethical standards set forth in Article 3 of the Purchasing Policies and Procedures Manual.