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Self-Insured Risk Trust Fund Board of Trustees
The Maricopa County Self-Insured Risk Trust Fund is administered by the Board of Trustees. This trust provides for the establishment of self-insured retention programs by the Board of Supervisors in accordance with the provisions of Arizona law and authorizes the management, funding and administration of the Fund for direct payment of benefits, losses or claims, or any combination of insurance and direct payments.
The Board normally meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
301 W Jefferson St., 9th floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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|District 1||Ray DiCiccio||09/01/2021 - 05/31/2024|
|District 2||Scott LeMarr||07/01/2021 - 06/30/2024|
|District 3||Tom Katsenes||06/24/2020 - 04/30/2023|
|District 4||Russ Ackerman||12/09/2020 - 11/01/2023|
|District 5||Laura Guerrero||04/01/2021 - 03/31/2024|
|County Manager Designee||Valerie Beckett, Assistant
|Role||Name and Position|
|Trust Administrator||Chris Capels, Risk Management Director|
|Risk Management||To Be Determined, Deputy Director|
The Declaration of Trust prescribes the following composition under Section I, Trustees, Number, Term of Office, Qualification and Composition; The Trust shall be administered by no less than 6 joint Trustees, all of whom shall be citizens of the United States of America and residents of Maricopa County, Arizona. Each supervisorial district is to be represented by one Trustee, who will have been appointed by the supervisor of that district and approved by the Board of Supervisors. Said Trustees shall serve terms of 3 years and shall not be employees of the County. In addition, the County Manager, or designee, shall serve as a Trustee. The County Manager designee is subject to the approval of the Board and shall possess the following qualifications:
- The designee shall be a County employee
- The designee shall report directly to the Trust Administrator
- The designee shall be reasonably familiar with the subject matter of the appointment
Trustees shall not be entitled to compensation for their services as Trustee, except reimbursement for any reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenditures made by the Trustees in the performance of their duties as Trustee. A trustee may resign at any time by giving notice in writing to the remaining Trustees and the Board. Such resignation shall take effect not later than 60 days from the date it is received by the Trustees and the Board. The Board may accept the resignation at any time within the 60 day period, and if not accepted within 60 days, the resignation shall be deemed accepted as a matter of law. Appointment of a successor automatically accepts the tendered resignation by the resigning Trustee.
No resignation, once submitted, may be withdrawn prior to its consideration and approval or rejection by the Board. The Board may remove any Trustee for cause at any time by written notice thereof delivered to the Trustee. The resignation, incompetency, death, or for any other reason, when made by a majority of the remaining Trustees, set forth in writing and delivered to the Board of Supervisors, shall be final and conclusive for all purposes. If at any time, by reason of resignation, incompetency or death, there shall be no remaining Trustees, the Board of Supervisors shall forthwith appoint the requisite number of successor Trustees. The Trustees shall elect from their members, a Chairman who shall act as Chairman until such time as he or she resigns, or is removed by vote of the Trustees. An election of the Chairman may be called at the request of any three non-County employee members of the Trustees. At all meetings of the Trustees, a majority of the Trustees then serving shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Duties & Powers
The plan prescribes the following duties and responsibilities.
Authorization for Payments for Disbursements From Trust
The Trustees shall authorize the Risk Manager to make such payments and disbursements from the Trust Fund as the Trustees shall determine from time to time for the purposes provided in this Trust Agreement and other applicable sections thereof.
Records of Trust & Audit
The Trustees shall keep or cause to be kept accurate accounts of all investments, receipts, disbursements and other transactions hereunder, and all accounts, books and records relating thereto shall be open at all reasonable times to inspection and audit by the County or persons designated by the Board. The accounting and reporting system adopted by the Trustees shall conform and be integrated with and into the Accounting Resources Management System (ARMS) procedure of the county. The Trustees shall cause an annual audit of the Fund to be performed by and External Auditor which reports shall be open for public inspection during normal business hours, and a copy of the auditors report shall be kept in the files Maricopa County Boards and Commissions of the County for a period of not less than 5 years from the date of receipt.
Reports to the Board
Within 60 days following the close of each fiscal year of the County, the Trustees shall cause the Risk Manager to file with the Board a written report setting forth a summary, report and account of the operation of the Trust during the last fiscal year. The report shall include, among other things:
- All receipts and disbursements of funds and other material transactions affected by it, during such year, and showing all relevant matters pending as of the close of the fiscal year
- The amount of monies held in the Fund as of the date of the report
- An itemized list and description of the litigation involving the County as of the end of the fiscal year
- A report on the reserves held by the Trust
- The value of all investments held in the Fund as of the date of the report
Request for Appropriations
The Trustees through the Risk Manager shall present the Board on or before March 1 of each year or such later date as shall be established by the Board a budget request based upon the projected needs for the following fiscal year for the management and administration of the Fund. The request shall itemize the amount of the requested appropriation to be charged against each of the County Departments, agencies, boards and commissions. Any County department, agency, board or commission that receives an allocation of funds pertaining to insurance, whether appropriate or not, shall be billed for the proportionate share of the charges for insurance by the Trustees.
Recovery of Funds
Any monies recovered by the County pursuant to litigation, recovery, salvage value of damaged property, proportionate share monies from any other existing County funds, or otherwise, for damages relating to either a liability or property loss for which monies from the Trust have been paid, shall be returned to the Trust and shown as a credit against the respective departments, agencies, boards or commissions as applicable.
Reliance Upon Documents
The Trustees may act upon any written notice, resolution, request, consent, order, certificate, report, opinion or other document believed by them to be genuine, and to have been signed or presented by the proper party or parties. Limitation of Duties of Trustees. The Trustees duties and responsibilities shall be only those which are expressly imposed upon it by the provisions of this Agreement. The Trustees shall have no duty to enforce the payment of any appropriation to the Trust, nor shall it be liable for any act or default of any predecessor Trustee, or for any loss sustained by operations under the Trust Fund, except as provided by law or herein.
Expenses of Trust
The Trustees shall have powers to authorize or confirm payment of the expenses of organization and administration of the Trust, including all legal and other expenses in connection with the preparation and carrying out the plan for the formation of the Trust.
Arizona law (A.R.S. § 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 oversees Risk Management’s administration of the Trust Fund’s activities and affairs.
The Board of Trustees was established by the Board under the Self - Insured Trust Fund as adopted on April 6, 1981.