[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Atlantic County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-31-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
- As defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-2(6), services in excess of the "Pay-to-Play" threshold rendered or performed by a person authorized by law to practice a recognized profession, whose practice is regulated by law, and the performance of which services requires knowledge of an advanced type in a field of learning acquired by a prolonged formal course of specialized instruction and study as distinguished from general academic instruction or apprenticeship and training. Professional services shall include, by way of example but not by way of limitation, accounting services, financial services, legal services, or insurance services. It shall not include professional artistic services as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-2(6), medical services procured for the County's self-insured workers' compensation program, since such services are procured at negotiated rates with the various medical providers within each medical discipline required to treat the County's injured workers, contracts awarded pursuant to alternate method procedures (etc.), or as emergency or exempt services under the Local Public Contracts Law.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.
The County shall award all contracts or agreements for the provision of professional services on the basis of a qualifications-based, competitive RFP process.
Professional services contract requests for proposals shall be published by the posting of a public notice at least 10 days prior to the awarding of any contract for professional services.
The public notice shall be:
Mailed, telephoned, faxed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to at least one newspaper designed to receive such notices because they have the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the County, and/or the official newspaper of the County; and
Filed with the Clerk of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The public notice shall, at a minimum, include the following information:
Standardized submission requirements shall include:
Names and roles of the individuals who will perform the tasks and a description of their experience with projects similar to the matter being advertised.
References and record of success in similar types of matters/projects.
Description of ability to provide the services in a timely fashion (including staffing, familiarity and location of key staff).
Cost details, including the hourly rates of each of the individuals who will perform services and time estimates for each individual, all expenses, or, where appropriate, a total "not to exceed" amount.
The selection criteria to be used in awarding a contract or agreement for professional services shall include:
Qualifications of the individuals who will perform the tasks and the amounts of their respective participation.
Experience and references.
Ability to perform the task in a timely fashion, including staffing and familiarity with the subject matter.
Any other applicable selection criteria established on a project-by-project basis, as set forth in the RFP.
All submissions shall be kept on file during the term of the related contract and shall be public records after the deadline for the submission of proposals.
In the event that compliance with part or all of the requirements of this article is impracticable with regard to a particular contract or agreement, the County may waive part or all of the requirements by a majority vote of the entire Freeholder Board, together with publication of a resolution setting forth with specificity the reasons such waiver is required.
Editor's Note: Former Art. II, Political Contributions by Contractors, adopted 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 10-2007, which immediately followed, was repealed 2-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2-2015. See now N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq.