2021 Risk Management Award Winners Announced: Congratulations to these Member-Owners on their accomplishments in managing risk and preventing losses! Read more...

2021 Risk Management Award Winners Announced

2021 Risk Management Award Winners Announced: Congratulations to these Member-Owners on their accomplishments in managing risk and preventing losses! Read more...

Bob Worthington Risk Management Achievement Award

Each year MMIA asks for nominations for the Bob Worthington Risk Management Award for exceptional efforts to manage risk or prevent losses. Nominations can include an individual municipal employee or a group nomination such as a department or member-owner as a whole. This year the award winners include Rich Hickel, Kalispell Adjutant City Attorney, and The City of Bozeman!

Rich Hickel, 2021 BWRMAA Individual Winner

Rich makes risk management for the City of Kalispell a top priority in all aspects of his work. Whether it’s ensuring the interlocal agreement for participation in a drug task force protects the city from uncontrolled liability, ensuring AED programs are in compliance with state and federal statutes, creating the agreements between the city and third parties to embed social workers into the police department or shoring up the city of Kalispell's volunteer agreements, Rich makes sure that risk management is always a consideration. By making risk management a consideration with each project, Rich is a tremendous asset to the City of Kalispell, and to the membership of the MMIA.

City of Bozeman, 2021 BWRMAA Group Winner

The City of Bozeman has created a culture that encourages health and wellness with their employees exemplified by their participation rates in the annual health screening events. Even as one of MMIA’s largest members, they have consistently achieved 80% participation for five years in a row. In addition to great leadership and peer support, they provide thoughtful touches such as a table of healthy snacks and coffee for employees after their screening and a breakfast treat to make the health screening a fun event and entice folks to participate. They budget for these additions because they know the plan savings that can come from a healthier group and how important early detection of potential health issues can be. The results of these efforts are evident in their claim data and help the City of Bozeman keep their rates lower for all employees on the plan.

Please join us in congratulating Rich Hickel, Kalispell City Attorney, and The City of Bozeman!

Nominate Someone Today!

Nominations for this Risk Management Award are a great way to recognize exceptional work and encourage member-owners to learn from each other. Make your nomination today by completing the form on the BWRMAA nomination page.

2021 Loss Control Awards

Each year member-owners of the MMIA Liability and Workers’ Compensations programs with the lowest claim expenditures/number of employees for the previous five-year period receive a loss control award. Members-owners with low incurred expenditures save money not only to their municipality, but also to the MMIA pools in which they participate.

Loss Control Awards for the Liability Program:

First Class Cities: Havre
Second Class Cities: Lewistown
Third Class Cities: Three Forks
Towns: Plains

Loss Control Awards for the Workers Compensation Program:

First Class Cities: Billings
Second Class Cities: Whitefish
Third Class Cities: Chinook
Towns: Twin Bridges

2021 Jim Tillotson Service Program Plan

2021 Jim Tillotson Service Program Plan

Because the legislative session has been extended, the MMIA and the League have decided to move the Jim Tillotson Service Program this year. Instead of having it in conjunction with the virtual Clerks’ Institute put on by the Local Government Center, we will wait until the legislative session wraps up.

We know you all have many questions regarding some of the laws being debated at the legislature right now (guns, marijuana, etc.) and we want to be able to provide you with the most accurate answers.

The current plan is to hold Zoom meetings in May and June. In this way, we plan to offer between 8 and 12 CLEs.

Please watch your email for more information as it becomes available.

2021 Executive Forum Update

2021 Executive Forum

The Executive Forum for Mayors and City Managers typically takes place during the transmittal break during legislative years. However, due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the League, MMIA, and the Local Government Center have decided to forgo the traditional Executive Forum and communicate with membership via virtual town hall meetings throughout the legislative session. Please watch your email for invitations to these events. If you want to ensure your name is on our mailing list, please contact directory@mtleague.org.

2020 Risk Management Awards

2020 Risk Management Awards

Bob Worthington Risk Management Achievement Award

Each year, a municipal employee group, department, or member receives the Bob Worthington Risk Management Award for exceptional efforts to manage risk or prevent losses. This year, the award goes to Michael Kardoes from the City of Livingston. Kardoes was nominated for his thoughtful and strategic work for the city surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Kardoes implementing a risk management plan which demonstrated his great collaboration and communication, risk management, and leaderships skills. These risk management and leadership skills are evident daily whether it is dealing with complex legal issues and sensitive HR problems, resolving complaints without going to court.

Nominate Someone Today!

Nominations for this Risk Management Award are a great way to recognize exceptional work and encourage members to learn from each other. Make your nomination today by completing the form on the BWRMAA nomination page.

2020 Loss Control Awards

Each year member-owners of the MMIA Liability and Workers’ Compensations programs with the lowest claim expenditures/number of employees for the previous five-year period receive a loss control award. Members-owners with low incurred expenditures save money not only to their municipality, but also to the MMIA pools in which they participate.

Loss Control Awards for the Liability Program:

First Class Cities: Missoula
Second Class Cities: Anaconda-Deer Lodge
Third Class Cities: Three Forks
Towns: Culbertson

Loss Control Awards for the Workers Compensation Program:

First Class Cities: Billings
Second Class Cities: Miles City
Third Class Cities: Big Timber
Towns: Chester

Pool Reopening After COVID-19

Reopening Municipal Pools After COVID-19

Swimmers In PoolTo our valued members,

Many of you are wondering if and when to reopen your municipal pools.  Although municipal pools cannot be open to the public during Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening plan, they may be allowed to reopen during Phase 2, if your municipality can follow distancing and sanitation guidelines.

To learn more about the distancing and sanitation guidelines, and to view national industry resources, please see our "Municipal Pool Reopening After COVID-19" risk management bulletin.

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MMIA, MACo Receive AGRIP’s 2017 Award for Excellence in Performance

MMIA, MACo Receive AGRIP's 2017 Award for Excellence in Performance

Association of Governmental Risk Pool LogoA decade of collaboration between Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA) and Montana Association of Counties Property Casualty Trust (MACo PCT) has earned both groups a multinational award.

The Association of Governmental Risk Pools has named MMIA and MACo PCT as co-recipients of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Performance. The two organizations have partnered with the State of Montana to fund a Risk Management Trainer position at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) since 2006.

The project provides varying degrees of risk management training for entry-level, mid-level management and administrative staff from law enforcement and public safety agencies around the state of Montana. This focus on risk management gives participants a base of understanding about the importance of minimizing risk in day-to-day law enforcement operations.

“With the current high profile attention on law enforcement risk, MMIA’s and MACo’s collaborative effort with the State of Montana is a great program to highlight as a replicable risk management solution,” AGRiP Board of Directors President Tom Barnes said.

Montana Association of Counties enhances the public serviced mission of counties by promoting integrity and providing proactive leadership while acknowledging and respecting Montana’s diversity. The Montana Association of Counties Property Casualty Trust pool is a group self-insured program that offers package concept combing multiple lines of coverages provided by a manuscripted policy specifically designed to meet the coverage and service needs for 49 Montana counties and 253 special districts.

Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority is a risk retention pool created by the cities and towns in Montana in 1986, to manage their municipal risks. The interlocal government agency was developed out of the need cover municipal liability and workers’ compensation risks, and has since expanded to cover property and employee benefit coverage.

AGRiP’s Award for Excellence in Performance recognizes a pool or, in this case pools, for outstanding programs or services. The AGRiP Board of Directors acknowledged the Montana pools for their significant and innovative efforts, which provide a model initiative that could be implemented by other pools around the country.

The two pools will receive the Award for Excellence in Performance on March 6 during AGRiP’s Governance & Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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