California JPIA logoThe California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) has promoted Alex Mellor from senior risk manager to risk services director.

“Mr. Mellor has successfully provided high-quality risk management support to members for 11 years,” said California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Alex Smith, expressing his appreciation for Mellor’s contributions. “His approachable nature, sincerity, and kindness are unmistakable and will become increasingly more valuable to the whole organization as he takes on greater responsibility.”

In his new role, Mellor will lead the California JPIA’s risk management services, managing and supporting the senior risk managers and overseeing the performance of risk assessments, evaluation of municipal operations, development of action plans for exposure reduction, and communication regarding programs, services, claims, and training opportunities.

“I intend to align the Authority’s risk management initiatives with member goals,” said Mellor, who seeks to raise the bar for member service. “The risk management team’s goals are to be responsive and partner with members to help solve complex risk management issues while being considerate of non-risk management factors that may impact decision-making.”

As a senior risk manager, Mellor served the Authority’s members in Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego counties.“This transition won’t affect the excellent service and support our members expect from the California JPIA,” said Mellor. “I intend to work closely with my replacement to ensure a seamless transition.”

Mellor joined the Authority as a regional risk manager in 2012 from RehabWest, a workers’ compensation managed care company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a credentialed Associate in Risk Management and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. He chairs the Public Agency Risk Management Association’s San Diego/Imperial Valley Chapter and serves as a member of its conference planning committee.“

With the Executive Committee’s support, the Authority’s executive management team has developed an organizational culture emphasizing excellence, innovation, teamwork,and integrity,” said Mellor. “I am excited about what the future holds as we continue to partner with members to ensure the communities they serve have the necessary resources to provide critical public services.”

About the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 45 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 125 member cities and other governmental agencies. Members actively shape the organization to provide essential 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