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FEATURE Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years Pictured at the LGRMS 25th Anniversary celebration are (back row) for LGRMS staff member Rene Azar, GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton, LGRMS Field Representative Steve Shields, ACCG Executive Director Ross King, and LGRMS Director Dan Beck. (front row) LGRMS Education and Communication Coordinator Dennis Watts, ACCG Risk Management and Insurance Programs Director David Paulk, and GMA Director of Risk Management Employee Benefits Cal Wray. By Noble Sprayberry >> While LGRMS may consider macrolevel trends, the organization also considers the individual employee, particularly in matters of health. As the number of healthy employees grows, the rate of health insurance typically declines. 34 A criminal hacker swiping sensitive data from a computer system. An overweight employee with spiking blood pressure. A fire truck speeding to a blaze. Counties and cities face such risks, from the rare to the commonplace, capable of generating costly insurance claims. Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS)—a Georgia organization made up of insurance professionals—has, however, worked for the past 25 years to help local governments limit exposure, while also protecting employees and the public. LGRMS identifies hot-spots by tracking insurance claims and other data. Then, it offers resources to control exposure to accidents, ill health, or other risks. The scope of the training and support ranges from wellness programs for employees to driving simulators for emergency responders. And, the non-profit organization does it all with an eye to the future, anticipating and preparing for the next GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT set of problems. Then, LGRMS will provide guidance and critical tools to stop trouble before it happens. “We try to put our efforts with safety where the claims are occurring, and we collect and analyze a lot of data to determine if claims are coming out of areas such as law enforcement, apprehension of prisoners, maintenance of roads, or even back injuries,” said David Paulk, ACCG’s director of risk management and insurance. “Then, we try to direct the loss-control efforts into those areas.” Over more than two decades, LGRMS proved itself capable of helping curb even the most challenging of insurance risks. Early success built a foundation of confidence for participating governments. “When I first started with the program in 1987, the high-dollar claims that we saw were excessive-force cases by police officers,” Paulk said. “We started directing a lot of training into that area, and we saw the number of claims go down.” Similarly, Paulk said LGRMS identified a trend of litigation from claims of employment discrimination,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
UGA’s Archway Partnership: Empowerment for Georgia’s Communities
Oglethorpe County: Focusing on the Benefi ts of Protecting Rural Roots
Eliminating Risks: LGRMS Celebrates 25 Years
Where Do We Stand? One Year after Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform
Understanding the Impacts of Juvenile Justice Reform
New Jail Facilities: Counties Focus on New Technology and Capacity to Expand
2013 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Hospital Survival: Informed County Commissioners Can Preserve Local Health Care
Federal New: More Gridlock and Uncertainty May Be Expected in Washington for FY 2014
Slice by Slice: Students Learn About the Signifi cance of Agriculture on Pizza Farms
Talking Trees with Georgia’s County Commissioners
Partner News: Value at the Heart of the Unique Gas South-ACCG Partnership
Commercial Swimming Pool Renovations Do’s and Don’ts
Counties & The Law: The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Georgia Counties
Legal News: Bidding in Georgia: What to Do When the Lowest
Conference Preview: Legislative Leadership
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2013