Kingsport native promoted to purchasing director

Matthew Lane • Jul 25, 2018 at 9:15 AM

KINGSPORT — If Kingsport buys something, then it probably goes across the desk of Brent Morelock.

Morelock, who has spent the last 12 years in the city’s purchasing department, was recently promoted to manager of said department following the recent retirement of Sandy Crawford.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve and will uphold the strong ethical precedent established by my predecessors of free, fair, and open competition when soliciting bids and proposals for the purpose of public procurement,” Morelock said. “All bids and proposals will receive equal, fair and nonpreferential treatment throughout the entire procurement process and shall be uniformly solicited, evaluated and awarded on a nondiscriminatory basis.”


He is a Kingsport native, a graduate of Sullivan North High School and holds a bachelor of science degree from East Tennessee State University. He and his wife, Lisa, a registered nurse, live in the Model City and have one son, Gavin, who attends Kingsport City Schools.

Morelock has more than 20 years of public and private sector procurement experience with the last 12 years in the city’s Procurement Department. He maintains professional memberships in the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing and the East Tennessee Purchasing Association.

He is a certified public procurement officer (CPPO) as well as a certified professional public buyer (CPPB) by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council, which is accredited by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.


The purchasing department processes requisitions from all city departments, from construction items to professional services, along with various supplies, vehicles and equipment. If it’s purchased by the city, in some way or another, it goes through Morelock’s office.

Here are just a few items purchased by Kingsport every year:

— Ammunition for the police department: $47,000

— Copy paper for the city and the school system: $60,000

— Mulch: $20,000 to $25,000

— Road salt: just over $99,000 last year

— Janitorial supplies for the city and the school system: $200,000

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