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September 2020 President's Message -
President Derr 2020-2021



“It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-September”, and what a year it has been. First, we’ve all had to adjust to life as we know it while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, but now here we are California facing historic wildfires, at a magnitude that we’ve haven’t seen in our lifetime, or at least I haven’t. As the top Procurement Official for my organization I can say that this year has been nothing but normal. I’ve been thrust into the role of Logistics Section Chief for our County’s Office of Emergency Services working this position first in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic since early February. And just when things were about to get somewhat getting into a routine, and thinking that I was going to be able to get back to some of my normal day to day duties and responsibilities as the Contracts/Purchasing Officer for my organization, we get hit with these massive unpredicted “Wildfires”.


As we all work through these very trying and challenging times that we are all facing, please know that your entire CAPPO Board of Directors are sending each and every one of you, and your families our thoughts and hope of safety, as well as peace and calm as we work together as a TEAM in getting through these very strange and unnormal times we are all dealing with. Remember you have a family (CAPPO) that’s just waiting to help, we are here for one another, and the meaning of TEAM is even more important at this moment than ever before, we can “Together” get through these times of need, with the support of your TEAM nothing is in possible. Please, if you find yourself in a position of needing support or assistance with anything please reach out to the CAPPO Office, we’re here for you.


Speaking of some type of normalcy, your CAPPO 2021 Conference Committee is still hard at work developing for you all an awesome and first of its kind for CAPPO a Hybrid approach, which will give both those attending in-person and those attending virtually each a awesome and full agenda of outstanding topics and presenters. The TEAM has also been very busy preparing for you a lineup of top-notch keynote and general session speakers that will surely keep you engaged and wanting more.


If you haven’t already taken a look at the proposed schedule for 2021, here’s a link to it:


Look and let us know what you think, your feedback is important in ensuring that we are meeting and hopefully exceeding the expectations you have.


Remember, TEAM- Together Every Asset Matters “We are stronger together than we are alone”


Best regards,

Michael R. Derr, NSCS

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11/13/2020 » 11/14/2020
Board Meeting - In-Person Pasadena

1/4/2021 » 1/8/2021
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