Placer County Risk Management Division receives statewide award for innovation

Published on Nov. 21, 2019

Placer County Risk Management division members in group photo

Placer County’s Risk Management Division has received a statewide best practice Eagle Award from the California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority for developing a contract compliance tracking solution. 

The process allows Placer County risk managers to efficiently develop, review and audit the insurance requirements for contracts across all Placer County departments - reducing financial risk and saving tax dollars.  

“Being diligent in our contract review process and getting recognized for those efforts with this award just shows that all involved, from our departments to the vendors, are making huge strides on a daily basis,” said Assistant Risk Manager Jim Kotey. “I am proud to have our team be a part of this demonstrated success.” 

The California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority is a risk management solutions provider for 95% of California counties and 70% of California cities

“When this program started in 2009 they were doing 500 contracts per year and now they are doing over 1,000 every year,” said Rick Brush, chief member services officer of CSAC-EIA. “In the area of risk management this is a huge accomplishment, and we get to share this best practice with the over 2,000 other public agencies [we serve].”

There were six Eagle awards given in various categories this year for implementing innovative processes or best practices. 

“The decision to apply for the Eagle Award was made after receiving many inquiries at trainings from other entities on how Placer County organizes and processes contract reviews,” said Risk Management administrative technician Nicole Artim. “There was a great interest in learning what we do, so it made sense to apply for the award which highlights best practices. Now we get to share our contract review procedures with over 2,000 other CSAC-EIA members, and that’s very exciting!” 

“This is an example of Placer County’s continued commitment to improving innovation, transferring risk, being good stewards for our constituents, and carrying out services in an efficient manner,” Kotey said.