About the Risk Management Team
The Tulare County Counsel Risk Management team is charged with protecting the County’s assets (employees, physical assets and fiscal assets). The Risk Management Division Team consists of Interim Risk Manager: Susan L. Cox; Analysts: Robert Anderson; Sandra Flores, Kim Starr, Robert Hernandez, Nancy Chavira and Tami Tharp; Risk Management Technicians: Elisa Alanis, Karen Lara and Stephanie Rodriguez; Supervising Civil Office Assistant: Kami Rhinehart; Civil Office Assistants: Kim Bobadilla, Gloria Bran and Yvette Mahler.
County of Tulare Departments may access the Risk Management Team Intranet here.
Scope of Authority and Functions
General Liability and Medical Malpractice. Risk Management self-administers the County’s liability claim program and directs the defense of claims and lawsuits. The Risk Management staff evaluate claims for acceptance, rejection or settlement, work closely with County Counsel and the Excess Insurance Carrier and makes recommendations to the CAO or the Board of Supervisors for settlement.
Workers’ Compensation. The County is self-insured for its Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. It oversees the third party claim administrator to ensure County employees receive the best possible service and works closely with County Departments to reduce injuries and their impact. Its staff reviews and makes recommendations regarding settlement of Workers’ Compensation claims to the CAO or the Board of Supervisors.
Disability Management Program. Risk Management self-administers the County’s Disability Management Program. The Disability Management Specialists act as liaisons to County agencies in regard to extended disability absences, complex accommodation and disability retirement.
Insurance Program. The Risk Manager oversees the County’s insurance programs. The County is a member of (CSAC-EIA) California State Association of Counties, a joint power association. The County’s main insurance programs are General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Property, Crime Policy, Aviation and Marine.
Insurance Requirements for Contracts. Risk Management reviews contracts for compliance with the County’s insurance requirements and acts as a liaison with County agencies to determine appropriate insurance requirements for specific risks. The County’s Contracts Insurance Manual is available to County Agencies as a resource for following insurance protocols.
Safety Program. The County Safety Analysts conduct quarterly safety training, oversee the AED program, EPN program, Pre-employment and DOT drug testing and the Injury Illness and Prevention Program. The Safety Analysts ensure the County is compliant with OSHA regulations and assist County Departments in developing required CalOsha mandated safety programs.