The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the appointment of Mike Zimmerman as the new Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the State of Maryland, who will lead the DGS’ Office of State Procurement.
The CPO is responsible for all procurement activities for the state’s executive branch, except the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the University System of Maryland.
“Mike Zimmerman has dedicated his career to understanding the ins and outs of procurement, having worked in the industry for over 40 years,” said Governor Hogan. “Mike’s experience in procurement policy and procedures, along with his commitment to public service, make him an outstanding choice to be our next chief procurement officer.”
In his role as CPO, Mr. Zimmerman will chair the Procurement Improvement Council, established in statute to ensure state procurement uses the most advanced methods, techniques, policies, and procedures for all procurement and contract management activities. As CPO, he will also advise the Board of Public Works on the procurement process and recommend changes to both regulation and statute related to state procurement.
Additionally, Mr. Zimmerman will advise the General Assembly on proposed legislation to enhance state procurement efficiency and transparency.
According to a DGS press release:
Mr. Zimmerman previously served as the MDOT Chief Procurement Officer from 2015 to 2021. During his time at MDOT he oversaw all procurement and material management functions, as well as the Office of Project Quality Management. In his role at MDOT, Mr. Zimmerman oversaw the development, implementation, and compliance monitoring of all MDOT procurement policies and procedures.
“I’m honored Governor Hogan has asked me to lead the state’s premier procurement unit at General Services’ Office of State Procurement,” said Mike Zimmerman. “I am excited to join the team and bring forward my knowledge and experience to continue to better develop our state’s procurement processes.”