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Alameda County, CA,

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The County Administratorís Office Risk Management Unit provides comprehensive, proactive services that promote the health, wellness, and safety of employees; reduce the Countyís loss exposure; and minimize the total cost of risk to the County. Our mission is carried out through programs covering Workersí Compensation, property and liability claims administration, employee health and wellness services, safety and loss control, and the purchase of insurance and management of the self insurance program. As an internal service fund, we collaborate closely with other General Government departments to deliver programs to the County in the most cost-effective manner.

Risk Management receives over 100 requests per year to review insurance requirements or indemnification agreements in contracts. In addition, Risk Management provides certificates of self-insurance for services that the County provides to other parties. These efforts ensure that the County is financially protected from losses related to its activities and the activities of its contractors.

In response to issues raised concerning bonding as a barrier to small local, minority and women contractors, Alameda County established the Contractor Bonding Assistance Program within Risk Management in 2008. Demand for internal consulting on insurance and bonding for County construction contracts continues to increase with the commencement of new capital improvement projects.

Under the authority of the Board of Supervisors, Risk Management determines the eligibility of CalPERs retirees for service connected disability retirement and represents the County before the ACERA Board in decisions regarding disability retirement applications of covered employees.

The Risk Management Unit employs eleven professional and administrative staff and reports to the Assistant County Administrator. More than half of the professional staff hold advanced degrees in business or health care fields and/or have achieved professional certifications in risk management, claims, and insurance.

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