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Rich Summers named to risk manager honor roll

9/28/2016 Download PDF here

The City of Parma Law Department is pleased to announce that Rich Summers, an Assistant Law Director, was named to Trident Public Risk Solution's (TPRS) Risk Manager Honor Roll for September, 2016.

Trident Public Risk Solutions is a preeminent specialty commercial insurance provider for public entities. Parma is a self-insured City. Under the policy, Summers is appointed as the Risk Manager, which requires him to identify potential hazards and "loss areas" using loss exposure analysis. Summers holds semi-annual meetings with department heads in order to discuss risk management solutions and ways to improve the safety measures taken in each department. He has saved the City countless dollars in eliminating potential risks.

The Risk Manager Honor Roll was developed to commend the excellence of the many outstanding professionals in the risk management profession. This distinction recognizes dedicated individuals who work to control the numerous everyday exposures that could lead to an injury or loss. This award is presented to risk management professionals in the public sector who demonstrate exceptional initiative, professionalism, and leadership in their roles.

Summers is the second person to be specifically honored for his consistency in implementing, enforcing and maintaining standards and polices that help assure the highest levels of safety, security, fairness and efficiency for the facilities, staff, and constituents of the City of Parma.

As an Honor Roll recipient, Summers is being considered for the Risk Manager of the Year award, which is the highest designation of risk management excellence. Both City of Parma Law Director Tim Dobeck and City of Parma Mayor Timothy DeGeeter attended the special ceremony to honor Summers. In a congratulatory speech, Law Director Dobeck emphasized that, "Rich's hard work and dedication to his position as Risk Manager go above and beyond what most individuals put forth in similar positions, and the fruits of his labors are apparent when looking at how smoothly different departments have been running and implementing their various safety measures." Mayor DeGeeter added that, "Unfortunately, risk management is an area that often receives notice and attention only when things go awry. So we are glad that the award may serve as a token of both their and our appreciation for all the hard work that Rich does for this City."