“My perception and understanding of risk exposures in public works have been broadened,” said City of Norwalk Public Works Manager Juan Martinez about the California Joint Power Insurance Authority’s Public Works Academy, held in June.

Martinez was one of 24 public works supervisors and managers representing 19 member agencies that traveled to Westlake Village to learn about risk management in public works throughout the two-day academy.

“The speakers were experienced subject matter experts, yet they presented information that was engaging and simple-to-understand,” Martinez continued.

The Public Works Academy is offered at no cost to California JPIA members.  It is designed to educate public works staff about best practices in managing risk exposure. Sessions covered included: Investigating Claims and Preserving EvidenceRisk Management for Public WorksHarassment and Bullying in Public Works, Lessons Learned from Public Works Exposures, and ADA Litigation in Public Works.

“Public works, by nature, has large exposures,” Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull noted. “Education on everything from contractual risk transfer to design immunity is essential to the success of our member agencies and their communities.”

“This was a productive and informative academy, said City of San Marcos Public Works Manager Samantha Byfield. “I would highly recommend it for government professionals.”

The Authority’s next multi-day training, the Management Academy, will take place September 23-26 in Indian Wells. For more information about the Authority’s academies, please visit https://cjpia.org/risk-management/training or contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator.

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 100 member cities and other governmental agencies.  Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive risk management training and loss control services.