Professional services are defined as unique, technical and/or infrequent functions performed by an independent contractor qualified by education, experience and/or technical ability to provide services. In most cases these services are of a specific project nature, and are not a continuing, on-going responsibility of the County. The services rendered are predominately intellectual in character even though the contractor may not be required to be licensed. Professional services engagements may involve partnerships, corporations, or individuals.
Examples of "professional services" typically acquired by the County include consulting services, medical services, physicians, software development/design, graphic design, auditing services, and architectural and engineering services.
Professional services where the total anticipated expenditure exceeds $25,000 are procured by issuing a RFP.