Kara began working for City of Springfield in 2004.
What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?
“When I first started at the Division of Purchases in 2004 I did not realize how involved our division is with assisting all City departments with their everyday needs. Purchasing works with all City departments to help ensure they have the proper supplies, services, and necessary equipment required to perform their day to day duties and services.”
Why do you do what you do?
“Working in Purchasing provides me with the opportunity to serve the citizens of our community! As public procurement professionals, we have a duty to our citizens to ensure their tax dollars are spent responsibly.”
What’s the hardest part of your job?
“In Purchasing we say, ‘we know a little bit about a lot of things.’ We all handle a wide range of commodities; it would be impossible to have the technical expertise for each project. We rely heavily on our City subject matter experts to help us have a better understanding of complex projects/services.”
What advice do you have for prospective employees?
“Get to know your fellow coworkers, not just those in your office or department, but all over the City. These connections will be very helpful! Get involved in City programs such as the City Ambassador CAmP program, so you can learn more about City operations.”