Johnnie Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Counties Indemnity Pool (UCIP), will be honored next month at the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) Conference. Miller was chosen by the AGRiP Board of Directors to receive AGRiP’s highest individual award, the Excellence in Service Award, in recognition of his three decades of service to the public entity pooling profession. Miller has developed a well-rounded base of expertise. As CEO of UCIP since 2008, he is often called upon to interpret statutes governing public entities in the State of Utah. He maintains relationships with several state officials, and is heavily involved in the Counties’ Civil Attorneys Legislative Advisory Committee and the Utah Association of Counties Legislative Committee. He holds multiple professional designations through the Insurance Institute of America and the National Alliance for Insurance Education. A former member of the AGRiP Board of Directors, Miller has also served in several committee positions for County Reinsurance Limited (CRL), served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities Mutual Insurance Company (NLCMIC) , and is president of Utah’s Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association. AGRiP is the world’s largest member association of governmental risk pools, with over 500 members in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The Great Utah ShakeOut will occur on Thursday, April 19, and is a fantastic way to prepare to survive and recover from an earthquake.
Although you’re not likely to feel most of them, Utah experiences 800 earthquakes on average per year. With a major earthquake expected to occur at some point along the Wasatch Fault Line, the damage to life and land in Northern Utah would be devastating. That’s why now, more than ever, it is important to be prepared.
More than 1 million Utahns participated in the ShakeOut last year, and we hope you will join us in participating this year. There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you’re doing with others so they can do the same. Please visit the Great Utah ShakeOut for ideas on how to participate and prepare this year.
This annual safety conference will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, keynote speakers, networking luncheons, and an expo highlighting the latest in safety products and services. This conference will provide you with a great opportunity to network with others while learning from presenters and keynote speakers.
The rate for Utah Safety Council members is $250 — non-members may attend for $350, while students may attend for $50. Groups of 5 or more qualify for a discounted rate.
We believe this is just one more way to meet your safety needs. Get more information here.
Please join us in welcoming UCIP’s newest staff member, Alex Getts.
Alex has accepted the newly created position of Education & Training Specialist. He will be coordinating educational opportunities for UCIP Members and members of the Utah Association of Counties (UAC), plan conferences and meetings, and develop effective training programs for members. He is pleased to be joining UCIP and looks forward to working with the members.
Alex is a Utah native, having lived in the Salt Lake area the majority of his life. He attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah, where he graduated with a degree in political science. Following his undergraduate, he attended Penn State University, where he earned a master’s degree specializing in public health preparedness.
Alex has worked in a few different fields prior to joining UCIP. For a number of years, he worked at a firm in Sugar House where he designed and drafted fire alarm systems before moving to education in coordinative roles at Western Governors University and the University of Utah. However, he’s always had an eye on moving into a deeper association with local or state government, and is exceptionally happy to be joining UCIP.
Alex lives in Millcreek with his wife and children.
Alex will be reaching out to each of the Risk Coordinators soon but feel free to contact him at: 801-307-2122 or email@example.com.
The State of Utah mandates that all boiler and pressure vessel equipment are required to be inspected and issued a permit to operate once every two years. Our reinsurer, County Reinsurance Limited, has partnered with Hartford Steam Boiler to conduct these inspections for UCIP members at no cost to the member. Please click here for information on scheduling inspections.
In County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the “provocation rule.” Under the provocation rule, police officers using otherwise reasonable force could still be liable for violating the Fourth Amendment if they committed a separate Fourth Amendment violation that led to the need to use force in the first place (“provoked” the need for force). The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the provocation rule, noting “its fundamental flaw is that it uses another constitutional violation to manufacture an excessive force claim where one would not otherwise exist.”
While conducting a search, Los Angeles County officers entered a shack where Angel Mendez was sleeping, without knocking or announcing the entry. Mendez picked up a BB gun to help him stand up. Officers shot him in the leg when they saw the gun. The Ninth Circuit concluded the use of force was reasonable, but officers were still liable by the provocation rule because they entered the shack without a warrant, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. In rejecting the Ninth Circuit’s decision, the U.S. Supreme Court established important support for law enforcement.
Great news for WCF Insurance policyholders! WCF has recently announced details regarding dividend amounts that will be distributed to their policyholders the fourth week of May. For additional information and to read WCF’s dividend announcement, please click here.
Thank you to all who joined us at our annual Risk Management Workshop in Heber City. For those who would like to revisit any workshop topic or for those who weren’t able to join us, we have included a workshop breakdown with video & PowerPoint from each presentation.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Selling Risk—Top Down and Bottom Up: Dean Coughenour
Getting others to understand the importance of risk management is not always an easy task. Mr. Coughenour, a regular speaker for the Public Risk Managers Association will share his strategies to promote risk management to all levels of your agency’s management.
Drones—Privacy and Safety: Professor Randy Dryer
Drones continue to grow in popularity, as new uses for them are implemented every day. For the public agency risk manager, concerns regarding how the agency is using drones are compounded by the need to also address how others are using drones in public arena.
Cyber Risk Responsibilities: Sergeant Jeffrey Plank, Dean Sapp, Elaina Maragakis
In an increasingly technological world, digital threats are becoming more sophisticated and frequent. Managing this risk may be intimidating, yet it is absolutely essential to public safety and continued success. Professionals from the Salt Lake Chamber’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council will be sharing powerful, achievable solutions to help you make your agency cyber secure.
PowerPoint-Sergeant Jeffrey Plank (Available upon request)
Rise in ADA Non-Compliance Claims—How to Be Prepared: Kristin VanOrman
There is clearly a trend of increased claims for non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. VanOrman will discuss this trend, and the things your agency can do to be prepared for an ADA claim.
State Nepotism Laws and How to Handle the Exceptions: Susan Black Dunn and Lewis Black
While exceptions exist in the Prohibiting Employment of Relatives Act, special accommodations must be made when an employee is supervised by a relative. Ms. Dunn will review the Act and provide her thoughts on how to utilize the exceptions in the Act.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
Active Shooter: Sergeant Wyatt Weber
The Utah Department of Public Safety has been conducting training on preparedness for active shooter incident. Sergeant Weber will discuss the importance of active shooter training, what is involved in planning for an active shooter exercise, and the basics of how to react if you are caught up in an active shooter incident.
Effective Safety Training Techniques for the Trainer: Danielle Denne
Training is a crucial part of any agency’s risk management efforts. Some training must be tailored to your agency’s specific policies and procedures, which require you to occasionally develop your own training presentations. Ms. Denne will provide insight into how to develop and present an effective training session.
Promoting the Portal—Training for Officials and Employees: Tony Green
On-line training provides your agency a great way to train employees on a wide variety of topics, in a very flexible format, with solid documentation of the training completed. Mr. Green will review how to best utilize the on-line training option to supplement your overall training programs.
We are excited to introduce our new video which outlines the primary purpose and function of the Utah Counties Indemnity Pool. Watch
Email Access-Lewis Black Handout
Cybersecurity Trends & Priorities-Phil Bates
Fraud and Scams-David Damschen and John Dougall
Using Vendors-Ron Boyer
IT Policies-Don Wood
Data Storage-Darcy Goddard
Land Use-Wilf Sommerkorn 2017 Legislative Update-Wilf Sommerkorn
Legislation 2017-Darcy Goddard
Contracts-Dale Eyre and Bart Kunz Handout
Civil Claim Strategies-Blake Hamilton
Creating Entities-Johnnie Miller
Additional Insured Statues-Johnnie Miller
Generational Shifts and the Impact-Chris Redgrave (PowerPoint presentation not available)
Reviewing Performance-Rick Hughes Handout
Retention Strategies-Deb Alexander
Free Speech and Public Employees-Lucia Maloy
Due Process in Terminations-Kristin VanOrman
Coordinating Policies-Joe McKea and Kristin VanOrman (PowerPoint presentation not available)