• 2017 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

    August 31, 2017

    The 2017 Capstone Award finalists have been selected and will be honored in a ceremony at this October’s Risk Management Educational Forum. The Capstone Award is presented at the Forum each year to an individual at one of the Authority’s member agencies who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector.

    The five finalists for 2017 are:

    • Debbie Bell from the City of Laguna Niguel
    • Amy Dallosta from the City of Indian Wells
    • Isaac Etchamendy from the City of San Marcos
    • Karen Johnson from the City of Temple City
    • Kristen Petersen from the City of Duarte

    The 2017 Forum will be held on October 11 – 13 at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. For more information or to register, members can visit the Forum’s event page.

  • 2017 Educational Forum Opening Sessions Provide Members with a Choice

    August 17, 2017

    This year, at the Authority’s 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum, members will be able to choose from three different opening sessions. In previous years, the Forum featured one opening session for all attendees. However, to better serve members and address the varying roles they play within their organizations, three opening sessions will be available this year. The topics being presented are as follows:

    • Reputational Risk - Speaker: Elizabeth Kessel, founder and owner of Kessel & Associates
    • Managing Social Media Risks - Speaker: Scott Grossberg, founding partner of Grossberg & Hoehn
    • Recreational Marijuana Employment Concerns - Speaker: Kelly Trainer, partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

    The opening sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 11. Educational sessions will continue throughout the following day, and the Forum will end with closing remarks on Friday, October 13.

    For more information on the Forum agenda or for general Forum information, visit our website, or send us an email

  • August Authority Live! Focuses on Design Immunity

    August 14, 2017

    The August episode of Authority Live! will feature attorney and author Scott Grossberg, of Grossberg & Hoehn, presenting the topic of design immunity. Authority Live! is a web-based, live event designed for Authority members to receive the latest information on important and topical issues. In this episode, viewers will learn about California Government Code Section 830.6, what constitutes dangerous conditions, and the immunities provided by the Government Code. The webcast will air on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Members who are interested in viewing this episode of Authority Live! can visit the event page to register and receive a link to view the live webcast. For questions, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

    August 7, 2017

    The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on July 19, 2017 with a quorum of delegates in attendance, representing 80 member agencies. Curtis Morris, President of the Executive Committee, presided over the meeting, which included Executive Committee elections, recognition of the 2017 Risk Management Award winners, and a presentation of the Authority’s recent activities and initiatives. Also recognized was the Authority’s newest member, the Orange County Council of Governments. 

    The Board of Directors unanimously re-elected Curtis Morris as President of the Executive Committee, while Lori Donchak, City of San Clemente; Darcy McNaboe, City of Grand Terrace; and Sonny Santa Ines, City of Bellflower were re-elected as members of the Executive Committee, each serving a two-year term. Chief Executive Officer, Jon Shull, presented the strategic plan, operational overview, and current initiatives of the Authority.

    The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on July 18, 2018.

  • 2017 Risk Management Awards Presented to Six Authority Members

    August 7, 2017

    The California JPIA recognized six Authority members for their risk management achievements by honoring them with the 2017 Risk Management Award. The Risk Management Awards highlight dedicated efforts and accomplishments in risk management, recognizing Authority members that have demonstrated the best overall performance in the Liability Program and the Workers’ Compensation Program. To select the winners, Authority staff evaluated various factors that reflect an organization’s risk management efforts, including the cost of claims and their progress towards completing action plan items.

    For the Primary Liability Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were:

    • For non-municipal agencies: Southern California Association of Governments
    • For municipal agencies without police exposure: City of Bradbury
    • For municipal agencies with police exposure: City of Fountain Valley

    For the Primary Workers’ Compensation Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were:

    • For non-municipal agencies: Big Bear City Community Services District
    • For municipal agencies without public safety exposure: City of Westlake Village
    • For municipal agencies with public safety exposure: City of Signal Hill

    The award winners were honored at the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting on July 19, 2017 at the Authority’s La Palma campus.

  • Registration Open for August Roundtables

    August 7, 2017

    Registration is currently open for the third quarter series of Risk Managers Roundtables, which run through August and feature the topic, “Creating Inter-generational Harmony in the Workplace.” Attendees will learn how to understand, adapt, and appreciate generational differences in today’s workplace. Speaker Doug Sjoberg will present how to communicate diplomatically, behavioral characteristics typical of employees from different generations, and effects of informal social media communication styles. Following the presentation, there will be a facilitated roundtable discussion.

    The schedule of roundtable sessions is listed below.

    • August 8, 2017 in La Palma
    • August 15, 2017 in Indio
    • August 22, 2017 in Paso Robles

    For more information or to register, members can log into myJPIA. For questions, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Part-Time Maintenance Worker Position Open

    July 31, 2017

    The Authority is actively recruiting for the position of part-time Maintenance Worker. The Maintenance Worker will play an essential role in the appearance and condition of the Authority’s campus. The position requires performing semi-skilled to skilled level maintenance and repair work in a variety of trade disciplines including custodial/janitorial, electrical, and plumbing. Work also includes routine landscaping, moving and arranging furniture and office equipment, and preparing meeting rooms for special events. The Maintenance Worker must have considerable knowledge of occupational hazards and safe work practices used in janitorial work, basic building facilities, equipment, and appliance maintenance and repair. The deadline to submit application materials is 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 10, 2017. For additional information on this position, visit our Career Opportunities page on cjpia.org.

  • Revised Resource Available: Criminal Background Check Policy

    July 17, 2017

    The Authority has recently revised its Criminal Background Check Policy template, which can be found in the Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. This newest revision addresses recent changes in regulations that California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) made regarding employers’ use of employees’ and applicants’ criminal history in employment decisions.

    Specifically, the template revisions add the following information:

    · Except as otherwise required by law, criminal history statements shall not include juvenile court records regardless of whether such records are sealed or unsealed (Section III.A.2).

    · Except as otherwise required by law, an agency shall not use records of any arrest, detention, processing, diversion, supervision, adjudication, or court disposition that occurred while under the jurisdiction of juvenile court law. This exclusion applies regardless of whether such records are sealed or unsealed (Section III.C.3.e).

    · Investigative consumer reports (such as background checks obtained by an agency) must comply with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (Section IV.C).

    This template helps Authority members establish a model policy to assist with conducting background checks that are consistent with state and federal law. For information on this template or any Authority resource, members can contact their regional Risk Manager.


  • Career Opportunity: Senior Risk Manager

    July 17, 2017

    The Authority is currently recruiting for a Senior Risk Manager. The primary responsibility of the Senior Risk Manager is to manage member action plans, meet with member officials and staff, advise on matters regarding public policy and operational procedures, identify training needs, provide training, serve as liaison on liability and workers’ compensation claim matters, make presentations to various governing bodies, and provide assistance on a wide range of local government operational issues. This will require regular meetings with California JPIA members at various locations throughout a specific geographic region, including parts of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Ventura, and Monterey counties.  

    To learn more about the position, visit the Career Opportunities page on the Authority’s website. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  Contact Tammie Haller, Administrative Programs Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8222 with any questions.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy Template Revised

    July 5, 2017

    The Authority has recently revised its Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program policy template. This template provides a foundation for an effective AED program and is available in the “Policy Templates” section of the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. The template provides guidance to members on establishing training and standards for the use of AEDs by non-licensed or non-certified personnel. The template also includes an AED maintenance log/checklist.

    The AED Program policy template, along with the Authority’s AHA Heartsaver First-Aid/CPR & AED Training, works to equip Authority members when faced with a sudden cardiac arrest situation. For questions regarding AED Programs, please contact your assigned Risk Manager.

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