City Manager James E. Baker announced today that, following an extensive search process, Anthony E. Cannion, MPA, CPPB, VCO, has been appointed as Procurement Administrator for the City, effective July 17. Cannion comes to Chesapeake from the Portsmouth Public Schools, where he has served as Purchasing Manager since May of 2015. He will receive a salary of $100,000.
"Because procurement touches every facet of the City organization, it was critical to find an Administrator with a broad background and understanding of both the complexities and nuances of the position," said Baker. "Anthony Cannion fills that role admirably, and I am confident he will bring both innovation and good stewardship to this vital task. His skill set and experience will complement our procurement team and ensure continued quality service for the organization."
Cannion holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Legal Services (Pre-Law, dual majors) degree from the University of Central Florida. He is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and a Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO). Cannion was named Purchasing Manager of the Year for 2004 by the State of Mississippi.
"The opportunity to serve the City of Chesapeake, with its reputation for quality and innovation, was one that I simply could not pass up," commented Cannion. "The skills, experience, and dedication of the procurement team give me great confidence that we can continue to be an asset in Chesapeake's growth, while ensuring the City gets the best value for every dollar of public money it expends, no matter what the purpose.
Prior to his position in Portsmouth, Cannion worked in procurement positions for the Virginia Community College System and Norfolk State University, where he also served as Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. He also served with educational and municipal entities in Mississippi and Florida.