Snow Hill, Maryland (August 15, 2022) – The Worcester County Commissioners appointed Nicholas Rice to serve as the procurement officer with Worcester County Government (WCG). On August 15, Rice stepped into this newly-created position, which was approved in the FY23 WCG operating budget.
“The procurement officer position aligns perfectly with our mission to be responsible with tax payer dollars.” Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young said. “Nick is a consummate professional in this field and will oversee the county’s efforts to obtain the best value in all of our purchases, from day-to-day expenses to our multi-million dollar capital projects.”
Rice is certified by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing as a public procurement officer and a professional public buyer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a Master of Business Administration from Salisbury University.
He brings nine years of experience in public procurement to WCG. From August 2016 to August 2022, Rice served as the purchasing agent for Wicomico County Government. Prior to that time, he worked as a purchasing associate for the Town of Ocean City.
“I am grateful to the commissioners for this opportunity to serve the citizens of Worcester County,” Rice said. “I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience in public procurement in an effort to positively impact the County.”
Rice will work closely with the County Commissioners and staff, as well as other local, state, and regional purchasing cooperatives and associations to leverage spend and utilize economies of scale. He will represent WCG in sourcing, procurement, contract administration, inventory management, vendor management, and other related duties.