Doña Ana County



Connie Welles, contract officer for the Doña Ana County Purchasing Office, has earned her certified public purchasing officer credentials from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council. She is the first purchasing agent in Doña Ana County and among only 13 in the State of New Mexico to attain the certification.

Welles was among 65 professional purchasing agents nationwide who successfully completed the CPPO exams in October. The credentials are recognized throughout the public procurement profession as demonstrative of an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of public procurement. The 2009 graduating class brings the total number of certified public purchasing officers nationwide to 1,813.

Obtaining the certification required Welles to demonstrate through an application process that she met specific requisites; including formal education, procurement-related coursework/training and public purchasing employment experience. She then took a comprehensive written examination to confirm that she had mastered a variety of public procurement concepts established by the UPPCC.

UPPCC examinations are conducted in approved test-taking centers throughout the United States. Welles took her exam in Las Cruces.

The vision of the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) is to create a global recognition and acceptance of the Certified Public Purchasing Officer designation as representative of public procurement excellence.

The council’s mission is to establish and monitor the professional standards required for success in the public purchasing profession.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.