Issue 101 - July 2020
California JPIA Welcomes New Member, City of Pacific Grove
The California JPIA is pleased to welcome the City of Pacific Grove, a new member and participant in the Authority’s Excess Liability, Excess Workers’ Compensation, and Property Insurance Programs as of July 1, 2020.
“The City of Pacific Grove is a historic community that provides unique natural resources and varied cultural offerings,” said California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “As a city composed primarily of homes, Pacific Grove places its residents first in the same way as the Authority places its members first.”
The addition of Pacific Grove expands the Authority’s presence in Monterey County, joining the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, the City of Seaside, and Seaside County Sanitation District.
A coastal city incorporated in 1889, Pacific Grove is home to more than 15,000 residents. Pacific Grove provides services to the community including myriad parks, beaches, open spaces, and trails. The city also hosts a monarch butterfly sanctuary, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast, an award-winning natural history museum, and a nationally recognized 18-hole golf course.
“The City of Pacific Grove is thrilled to be accepted for membership within the California JPIA,” says City Manager Ben Harvey. “In particular, the city looks forward to the industry-leading programs and subject matter expertise to strengthen its record of safety. Residents, employees, businesses, and visitors all stand to benefit as the city transitions to the California JPIA. Already, the city has seen a marked change in approach to risk management with the active involvement and integration into the municipal organization of Senior Risk Manager Tim Karcz, who is assigned to our city. The city looks forward to further evolving towards a more comprehensive culture of safety through the assistance and guidance provided by the Authority. Onward!”
The Pacific Grove Police Department employs 26 sworn officers—most of whom live locally—who embrace the principles of “Community Policing.” The city has one of the lowest crime rates in Monterey County. The 70-person, six-station Monterey Fire Department provides fire protection to the city, as well as the cities of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Sand City, and the Presidio of Monterey, Naval Postgraduate School, and La Mesa Village.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with the City of Pacific Grove,” said Tim Karcz, who will work directly with the city. “They have a long-standing tradition of excellence and professionalism and are very open to our approach to managing risk.”
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