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Contracts for professional services, including contracts for architectural, engineering, legal and consulting services, are not subject to the competitive bidding or public works requirements of this chapter. The director of finance and asset management or designee shall promulgate procedures and standards for the approval and administration of such contracts. Contracts for architectural and engineering services shall be awarded in accordance with Chapter 39.80 RCW as now enacted or hereafter amended. For purposes of this section, “professional services” are those services involving skill, education and special knowledge and where the work is predominately mental and intellectual, rather than physical and mechanical. (Ord. 6728 § 3, 2023; Ord. 6187 § 1, 2014.)