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Type of Jurisdictions Involved



Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • City of Eau Claire,
  • Eau Claire County


Eau Claire



Type of Agreement

Purchase contract - city contracts with county for purchasing manager's services

Implementation and Incubation

  • Three month trial period
  • Four months to draft and approve a final agreement

Factors Involved

  • City of Eau Claire vacancy in purchasing manager position
  • Close proximity between city and county governments allowed for easy sharing of services and split of manager's time and salary Workload between both city and county enough for one position


  • City hoped to avoid costs associated with recruitment to fill vacated position
  • Financial savings by Sharing costs to staff the position


  • An estimated savings of $28,000 to $36,000 annually for each unit of government
  • Purchasing manager remains county employee

Project Contact

J. Thomas McCarty

Eau Claire County Administrator


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