When the Ukiah City Council approved the purchase of three new police vehicles last month, Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey said he only received bids from dealerships in Humboldt and Napa counties, and that Ukiah Ford elected not to bid. However, Ukiah Ford’s President recently claimed that his business did provide a bid that was personally delivered before the deadline. So where did the bid go? An investigation into the matter shows that a bid was dropped off to an unidentified city employee a few hours before the deadline, but didn’t make it to the Purchasing Supervisor’s mail until the following Monday. So Chief Dewey was correct in stating that there were only two bids. City Manager Jane Chambers expressed her regrets to Ukiah Ford for the mistake. She added that even if the bid had been opened in time, it would not have changed the results of the bid award, which was to Zumwalt Ford.
The Case of the Missing Bid, Solved