Maughan lays out his credentials amid controversy

During an update on procurement for Mayo County Council, the authority’s procurement officer John Maughan laid out his credentials and qualifications at the June meeting of the council, following on from criticism of him at a previous meeting. Maughan told the meeting, “I’ve been working in procurement for five years and I don’t set the prices. My role is to oversee the information and ensure we have fair and honest competitions for all.” He went on to say that, “ I applied through an open competition for the job. I’ve a degree in economics and political science, I was involved in procurement in the army in my time there and I’ve undertaken a certificate in procurement and a diploma in emergency planning.”

Maughan went on to give a presentation on the procurement process and the savings the council has made as a whole from road making materials to office stationery. He also outlined that 97 per cent of plant hire and 93 per cent of road making procurement remained in Mayo.

A large number of the councillors praised the work carried out by Maughan since he took over the role and commented on the fact that when they made a representation to him after a local supplier had asked why they didn’t win a tender competition, Maughan was open and showed them the tenders and why it was awarded to the winning bidder.

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