The important job of ensuring Chester County buys its goods, supplies, and services on time and at the most competitive price will now be overseen by Robin Davis. The Chester County Commissioners have promoted the Kennett Square resident to Director of Procurement and General Services, moving up from Deputy Director.
“Through 32 years of public sector purchasing expertise, Robin has demonstrated first and foremost, the highest ethical standards, which is a critical element in leading this department,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “In addition, she is an excellent negotiator and has a thorough knowledge of the County’s departments and personnel. She had been serving in an acting capacity, so we have seen her capabilities and management skills first-hand.”
In her role, Davis is responsible for maintaining consistent and open purchasing practices, designed to encourage maximum competition and best value. She will also work with County department heads to formulate short- and long-term strategic procurement plans to maximize buying power.
“Robin represents the quintessential success story, starting her career right after graduation from Kennett High School as an administrative assistant at Pocopson Home, our County-owned skilled nursing center,” added Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “Then she became a buyer and contracts and purchasing coordinator at Pocopson Home before moving to the Department of Procurement in 2006. That continuous upward track has now landed her at the top of a key County department. We are very pleased to appoint her to this new role.”
In addition to negotiating and contracting with vendors, Davis will also be responsible for monitoring contractors’ performance to ensure the County receives what it is paying for. She will also conduct an annual spend analysis and develop plans for consolidation of purchases within the County and with other cooperative purchasing agencies.
“Having worked and excelled in every position she has taken on gives Robin a tremendous advantage. She knows and understands the jobs everyone in her department performs because she has done them herself,” said Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline. “Robin has absolutely earned this promotion, and I am confident she will keep a sharp eye out on the County’s purse strings and provide us with informed guidance and advice.”