TAVARES — Barnett Schwartzman began work this week as the new Director of the Lake County Department of Procurement Services.
Formerly Procurement Supervisor with Miami-Dade County for three years, Schwartzman has more than 30 years of procurement experience in the public and private sectors. His private sector contracting experience includes working with two telecommunication companies in a vice president capacity.
He began his career in the field of procurement as a civilian employee with the U.S. Army. Schwartzman held the director’s position with the 7th Signal Command’s procurement office responsible for upgrading the Army’s telecommunications systems throughout the United States. His effort to upgrade these telecommunications systems earned him the prestigious Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
“I have extensive experience in procurement and I want to apply all the lessons I have learned, and have yet to learn, to Lake County,” he said. “What I really hope to bring here is a value-added service to help ensure that the County purchases the right product or service the right way for the right price at the right time.”
Schwartzman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He lives in Mount Dora with his wife Jody and daughter Katie. A history buff, Schwartzman served in Miami as a volunteer tour guide at The Barnacle Historic State Park and as a board member of the Barnacle Historical Society.