Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens names new Procurement Department chief

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens talks at a press conference as the interim chief of Atlanta Police Darin Schierbaum looks on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  Steve Schaefer / steve.schaefer@ajc.com)

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Former procurement chief Martin Clarke is returning to the city’s law department

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens has appointed Jaideep Majumdar as the city’s new chief procurement officer, the city announced Wednesday.

Dickens said in a statement that Majumdar possesses “a next-level depth of experience” that will ensure city contracting is ethical, fair and inclusive. Majumdar’s first day is June 27.

“With a well-documented strategic vision and global perspective, Jaideep is more than ready to lead our Procurement Department through the exciting work ahead of us as a city,” Dickens said in a statement.

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The Department of Procurement acquires commodities and services for all city departments. The department makes recommendations on which companies will receive millions of dollars in contracts every year.

Majumdar comes to City Hall with 25 years of global experience in procurement and supply base strategy, according to the city. He’s led and managed procurement organizations, and has worked for several companies, including General Electric, Delta Air Lines, Capgemini, and Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

“I look forward to serving the city of Atlanta, its residents and the business community through some exciting changes,” Majumdar said in a statement.

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Atlanta Chief Procurement Officer Jaideep Majumdar (City of Atlanta)

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Atlanta Chief Procurement Officer Jaideep Majumdar (City of Atlanta)

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Atlanta Chief Procurement Officer Jaideep Majumdar (City of Atlanta)

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Years ago prior to the Dickens administration, Atlanta’s procurement department fell under scrutiny amid the federal corruption investigation of City Hall. The city has cycled through three procurement officers since 2017, when then-chief procurement officer Adam Smith pled guilty to taking at least $30,000 in bribes to help a vendor win contracts. He received a 27-month prison sentence.

The leadership turnover ended in October 2020, when former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hired Martin Clarke III, a long-time attorney for the city’s law department. The Dickens administration announced in February that Clarke would be replaced. On Wednesday, the city announced Clarke will return to the city’s law department.

“Thank you to Martin Clarke for his continued service to Atlanta,” Dickens said in a statement. “Martin has a long and distinguished record of leading ethical procurement and ensuring fair contracting for women and minority contractors and vendors.”

Dickens is still conducting a nationwide search for executives to lead the police department, Parks and Recreation, Human Resources, City Planning, and transportation.