County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that Ms. Pamela Ford Dickerson has been hired as the new Deputy Director for Procurement, Supplier Development, and Compliance in the Office of Central Services (OCS).
Ms. Dickerson joins Prince George’s County Government as a forward-thinking and results-driven contracting professional with more than 19 years of progressive experience and expertise in government budgeting, public procurement, contract compliance, and public policy.
“We are excited to welcome Ms. Pamela Ford Dickerson as our new Deputy Director for Procurement, Supplier Development, and Compliance,” said Alsobrooks. “With her background, knowledge, and expertise, we are confident that we can continue to support local, small, and minority-owned businesses via County Government procurement opportunities. We look forward to seeing how she will help our Office of Central Services continue to innovate and serve our businesses and residents.”
Prior to coming to the County, Ms. Dickerson served in the District of Columbia for almost 15 years, where she managed an extensive contract volume procuring highly specialized and complex goods. Ms. Dickerson is also a Principal Consultant at Public Procurement Partners, LLC, located in the District of Columbia, where she is a public procurement consultant, trainer, and coach to small business owners, governments, and local municipalities.
Her most recent position was Deputy Chief Contracting Officer (DCCO)/Supervisory Contract Specialist in the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracts and Procurement (OCP). In that role, she had unlimited delegated contracting authority, managing and supporting Contracting Officers within the Public Safety Cluster and DC Supply Schedule.
“I am thrilled to be a contributing member of the Prince George’s County Government under the leadership of such an amazing County Executive, Angela Alsobrooks,” said Ms. Dickerson. “I am honored to embark on this journey which, through her vision, shall promote transparency, continued growth, and prosperity of all who do business within the County. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, I pledge to utilize my expertise to facilitate the procurement life cycle that reflects the values and aspirations of this great County. I am eager to collaborate with residents, my colleagues, and all County stakeholders, to uphold the highest standards and make a positive impact that resonates for years to come.”
Before her time as DCCO at OCP, Ms. Dickerson served as Deputy Chief Procurement Officer with the Contracts and Procurement Division in the District’s Department of General Services (DGS). In this position, she had a $60 million delegated contracting authority. She also served as the Contracting Officer for Small Capital Construction Projects, ensuring cradle-to-grave projects for firehouses, playgrounds, recreational centers, and renovations for the District.
Prior to that, she accepted the role of Special Assistant in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). There, she worked closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO), assisting the agency with special projects, as well as contractual and procurement needs. One major project that she advised was the rollout of new police uniforms for MPD’s 3500-member organization.
“Pamela F. Dickerson is a seasoned procurement official that instantly brings the right combination of procurement mastery and experience to Prince George’s County,” said Jonathan R. Butler, Director of the Office of Central Services. “As the County Government continues to transform procurement, we are certain that Ms. Dickerson will successfully lead that charge.”
Prior to working for MPD, Ms. Dickerson was assigned to support the department as a Contracting Specialist in the D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP). As a lead specialist, Pamela led efforts on major projects such as the new Photo Enforcement Contract, Police and Fire Clinic extensions and solicitations, and the Body Worn Camera Contract.
She began her professional government career with the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) as a Collection Specialist; however, she moved on to find a place under the Chief Operating Officer as a Procurement Analyst. She was responsible for the agency’s contract management and compliance management efforts for their billion-dollar annual budget.
Ms. Dickerson began her new role with the County in July 2023.