The Purchasing Department is responsible for the acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment and services necessary for operation of the County’s Departments and to insure that each purchase is made in a legal, ethical and professional manner in compliance with the County’s Procurement Ordinance and the practices of the procurement profession.


To secure materials, supplies, equipment and services at the lowest possible cost, while achieving the greatest benefit for the County.


Formal Invitation for Bids, Request for Proposals and Request for Qualifications are advertised in the South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) which is published bi-weekly by the South Carolina Materials Management Office.

Common Terms

IFB - ( Invitation for Bids) A formal solicitation providing bidders with instructions and information on bid submission requirements. These IFB are sent to vendors in order to secure quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost.

Procure – To obtain, secure, purchase, buy or contract.

RFP – (Request for Proposal) A formal solicitation for procurement required for products and services that are highly technical and complex in nature and do not lend themselves to the Invitation for BID (IFB) format. Vendors are selected based upon weighted criteria established by the County.

RFQ – (Request for Qualifications) A formal solicitation for particular types of professional services such as architectural or engineering. Firms are rated strictly on technical capabilities, experience and ability to complete the work in a timely manner.

Requisition – A formal (written) request for purchase.

Purchase Order – A formal (written) authorization form issued by the Procurement Department to vendors, committing the County to buy the goods or services as described on the form. It also denotes quantity, delivery date and price.

Surplus Property

Items declared surplus to Kershaw County’s needs are disposed by means of public auction on GovDeals. Click the Icon below to see our current auctions for Kershaw County


Available Forms and Documents

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Code of Ethics
Vendor Application 


Williams, SarahPurchasing CoordinatorPurchasing(803) 425-7234