The South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust and South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund recognized 10 graduates of the Risk Management Institute. SCMIT provides self-funded workers' compensation coverage to its member cities. SCMIRF provides all lines of property and casualty coverage, including tort liability and automobile coverage for its members. The Municipal Association sponsors both programs.
The institute is a continuing education program for municipal staff who have risk management responsibilities and work for cities and towns that are SCMIT and SCMIRF members. The goal of the institute is to give employees who are responsible for risk management an opportunity to gain an understanding of their responsibilities, broaden their skills, expand their peer network and identify resources to help solve local challenges.
To complete the institute, attendees must take four classes over the course of two years — two core courses and two electives — for a total of eight classes. Each year, the institute offers courses at various locations around the state. Course topics include defensive driving, crisis communications, employment liability, the basics of risk management, public works risk management and leadership.
Classes are offered throughout the year. Based on the complexity of topics, attendees should expect a mix of half-day seminars along with full-day workshops.
Recent graduates are Julie T. Aiken, Laurens Commission of Public Works; Billy Allen, City of Greenwood; Tammy Carter, City of Conway; Denise Dyer, City of Gaffney; Dorian K. Flowers, City of Greer; Ken Holliday, Greer Commission of Public Works; Lex K. Kirkland, City of Aiken; Selena S. Small, City of Conway; Thomas K. Stanford, City of Rock Hill; and Tamra Tootle, City of Newberry.