The Town of Palm Beach Finance Department has recently received two national awards. The Purchasing Division, led by Mr. Dean Mealy, CPPO, Purchasing Manager, has been awarded the prestigious 25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) for 2020 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. The Town Purchasing Division has worked hard over the past few years to meet all the criteria to apply for the award this year. The AEP award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership and e-Procurement.
The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.
For 2020, there were 188 successful applicants, including 40 counties, 69 cities, 15 higher education agencies, 22 school districts, 34 special districts, 5 state agencies and 3 others. The Town of Palm Beach is one of only 32 agencies in Florida and one of only 69 cities in the United States and Canada to receive the award.
In addition, the Town of Palm Beach Finance Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This is the 28th year the Town has received the award and this year, for the first time, the Town received the Special Capital Recognition that requires three outstanding votes by the reviewers in two of the Capital categories. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.