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The Risk Management Department is divided into four operating divisions, Claims, Safety, and Environmental, and Administration. Risk Management strives to accomplish its mission with direction from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and assistance from the Maricopa County Self-Insured Risk Trust Fund Board of Trustees. The Risk Management Director reports to the County Manager of Maricopa County.
Provide safety and loss control programs, insurance, environmental and claims management services to the Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County Departments, Districts and Trust Members to reduce or eliminate loss.
Arizona law (ARS § 11-981) authorizes Maricopa County to self-insure, procure insurance from any insurer authorized by the State
of Arizona Department of Insurance, or both. Insurance (defined in Title 20 Arizona Revised Statutes) includes, but is not limited to,
auto liability, auto physical damage, general liability, medical malpractice, property, workers' compensation, and unemployment insurance.
Upon establishment of a self-insurance program, Maricopa County is required to designate a Risk Trust Fund Administrator (Risk Management Director), and establish a Risk Trust. The Risk Trust is funded by an allocation of funds from General Fund and Non-General Fund departments and Special Districts, or such other funding techniques permitted by state statute and authorized by the Risk Trust's Board of Trustees. A Board of Trustees assists Risk Management coordinate the Risk Trust's activities and affairs. Risk Trustees must be United States citizens and residents of Maricopa County, and are appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Manager.
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