About Clayton County Central

The Clayton County Central Services Department is responsible for the procurement of all commodities, equipment, and services for Clayton County, Georgia.

It is the policy of Clayton County to seek the best overall value when procuring goods and services. Toward this end, the county finds and declares that its objectives will best be achieved through an open, competitive process with a broad range of responsible suppliers wishing to furnish products and services to the County. Our purchasing program maximizes service benefit to the community and awards contracts to suppliers who offer the best value.

Our objective is to ensure that the purchasing activities of Clayton County are conducted with the highest level of professionalism, impartiality and fairness. We strive to ensure that our citizens receive the highest possible value for the goods and services needed for the lowest possible cost.

Event Day Agenda*


Welcome by Carol Rogers -Director


Procurement Time Frame –Jaliz Williams, Assistant Director


Contracts: Basic Overview- Jaliz Williams, Assistant Director


Purchasing: Functions & Training -Chaka Waczkowski, Purchasing Administrator


Warehouse: Basic Overview- Ryan Turner, Warehouse Supervisor


Compliance: Vendor Status & Basic Overview-Tami McKenzie, Compliance Manager


Risk: Mission & COI’s, -Betty Walker, Risk Administrator


Question and Answer


Break out Session-How to Do Business with Clayton County- Tami McKenzie


Break out Session-for The Essentials of Purchasing- Chaka Waczkowski

11:40 - 2:00pm

Lobby-Virtual Networking/ Division Booths/Information

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening and Lounge

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening Speaker: Dr. Sudha Reddy, Clayton Chief Medical Officer for Emergency Services

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Track 2: Public Service Delivery and Social Justice

● Room 1: America's Infrastructure & Service Delivery

Moderator - Michelle Lofton, Assistant Professor at The University of Georgia

  • Revenue sources in Georgia local governments: Changes and trends
    Presenter: Dr. Sooho Lee
    University of West Georgia
  • Financial transparency in local government spending: Case of Georgia County Governments
    Presenter: Dr. Min Kim
    Georgia College and State University
  • Improving our odds: How identifying Person-Organization and Person-Job fit at the time of hire impacts future employee success in the public sector
    Presenter: Elizabeth Smith
    University of West Georgia

● Room 2: Social Justice

Moderator - Dr. Otilia Iancu, Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Savannah State University; ASPA-GA President

  • Exploring Critical Race Theory to Analyze Housing Voucher Policy
    Presenter: Dr. Tanya R. Brinkley,
    Co-Presenter: Joshua Easterly
    Walden University School of Public Policy and Administration and Cobb Collaborative HASTE (Homeless Awareness Strategy Team Effort) Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
  • The Rent is Too Dang High: on the Affordable Housing Shortage in Metro Atlanta
    Presenter: Christopher-Robin Millican - Graduate Student
    Northeastern University
  • Is Gentrification Happening Everywhere? Examining the Levels of Gentrification in Mid-Sized American Cities and The Implications for Policy
    Presenter: Dr. Del Bharath (bharathd@savannahstate.edu), Professor Savannah State University

● Room 3: Social Justice Roundtable: Addressing School Shootings

Moderator - Dr. Sheila Toppin, Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta University

  • Roundtable Discussion: Challenges with Incremental Policy Making in Addressing School Shootings
    Presenter: Dr. Sheila Toppin, Associate Professor,
    Co-Presenter: Anthony Brown, MPA Student, Clark Atlanta University Zionna
    Brunson, MPA Student, Clark Atlanta University Kyobe Cooper, MPA Student,
    Clark Atlanta University Amiya Crockrom, MPA Student, Clark Atlanta
    University Binta Sanyang, MPA Student, Clark Atlanta University
11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Track 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Social Justice

● Room 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Social Justice

Moderator Dr. Oyebade Oyerinde, Associate Professor & Data Scientist at Clark Atlanta University

  • Exploring Policy Improvements, Criminal Justice Managers Need to Reduce Cultural Bias in A State Correctional System
    Presenter: Dr. Kristi Pitts
    Purdue University Global
  • Lawfully Present? DACA Students in Light of Residency Policies in the University System of Georgia
    Presenter: Emily Wurst
    Student and Higher Education Professional - University of West Georgia

● Room 2: Social Justice

Moderator - Dr. Del Bharath, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Savannah State University

  • Resilience through a Global Pandemic: How a Nonprofit Organization Innovates to Survive
    Presenter: Kelley Ditzel
    Co-Presenter: Nicole DeClouette
    Georgia College & State University
  • Working to End Hair Discrimination: The Crown Act
    Presenter: Annette Ogletree-McDougal
    Graduate Student - Savannah State University
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch and Award Presentation

CEO Michael L. Thurmond, DeKalb County Georgia

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel II: Social Justice in the State of Georgia

Moderator – Ms. Kydra Finn, Clayton County Government Solicitor General Administrative Manager


Attorney Charles Brooks, Clayton County Government Solicitor

Georgia Representative Renitta Shannon

Attorney Sharese M. Reyes, Social Action Committee Chair

Dr. John Eaves, Educator, Global Youth Ambassadors Program

3:00 pm


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