The Case of the Missing Bid, Solved

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.