Purchasing Department

Due to COVID-19, Linn County has closed most County buildings to the public once again to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services. The closure will remain in effect until public health conditions improve and allow for modifications. 

County staff continue to work on-site and remotely to provide County services to the public. Residents and businesses may conduct County business online, by phone, by email, by mail, and by drop boxes located outside County buildings. 

We appreciate the public's understanding of the need to conduct business in new ways during this global pandemic.

Please contact the Purchasing Department with questions about accessing services remotely.

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The Linn County Purchasing Department handles the procurement of goods and services for the County. The goal of the Purchasing Department is to ensure that the County receives the best products and services at the lowest possible price by:

  • Providing consistent, cost-effective and timely procurement support to all County departments and autonomous boards
  • Encouraging an environment of equal opportunity, fairness, honesty and integrity with our customers and suppliers, while adhering to applicable laws
  • Ensuring a good return on investment of the tax dollar


The Purchasing Department is responsible for the operation of the County's mailroom. The mailroom processes all incoming and outgoing mail for all departments located at the Public Service Center. The mailroom offers all County locations increased access between departments via an inter-department courier route.

In an effort to improve cooperation between governmental agencies and reduce tax payer expenses, the Linn County mailroom also process all outgoing mail for the City of Cedar Rapids. County and city mail are combined and processed at a reduced presort rate.