California JPIAThe California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) congratulates Senior Risk Manager Alex Mellor, who celebrated his 10th anniversary with the Authority in December.

Mellor has successfully and creatively helped member agencies prepare for and respond to the unique risks faced by Authority members in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties throughout his tenure. His responsibilities involve assisting California JPIA public agency members with risk management efforts in public safety, contractual risk transfer, regulatory compliance, and employment practices liability.

“Alex Mellor has added incredible value to the Authority and the members he serves,” said Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “His tenacity, responsiveness, and valuable experience managing and mitigating risk make Alex an exemplary risk manager and leader within the Authority.”

Mellor joined the Authority as a regional risk manager in 2012 after working with the Authority as a consultant for various services. His former employer, Rehab West, Inc., a workers’ compensation managed care company, introduced Mellor to public agency risk management. Before his consulting role, Mellor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“The Authority has an outstanding reputation as a great place to work,” said Mellor. “I was looking for an organization that valued work-life balance while providing an opportunity to sharpen my technical and soft skills. The Authority has delivered on both fronts.”

According to Mellor, the California JPIA’s emphasis on creating and maintaining relationships with its members sets it apart from many other municipal insurance pools.

“When we treat others with kindness and take the time to understand their unique situation,” he said, “we are more successful at contributing to solving challenges and helping others reach their goals.”

Mellor believes being responsive and proactive has been the key to his success with the Authority. Serving as risk manager to member agencies who experience a wide array of risks, the role often requires creativity when developing solutions that are unique to each member.

“In my opinion, the success of an Authority risk manager is measured by helping members understand their risk tolerance and creatively managing the exposures presented,” said Mellor. “Risk management should never be about saying no.”

About the California JPIA

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 120 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 training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at