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Risk Management Services Welcome New SCMIRF Claims Senior Adjuster

Risk Management Services is pleased to welcome Mike Waslewski as a SC Municipal Mike_WaslewskiInsurance and Risk Financing Fund claims senior adjuster.

Work experience: 32 years of property and casualty claims experience in personal, commercial and specialty lines with One Beacon (formerly General Accident Insurance, CGU Insurance), AIG, Nationwide and Esurance/Allstate.

Hometown: grew up in Connecticut, but has resided in Lexington, SC for the last 14 years.

Education: attended Eastern Connecticut State University.

Professional designations: Senior Claims Law Associate designation through the American Educational Institute.

Hobbies: enjoys being outdoors, sporting events, golfing, reading, playing the drums and yard work.


Risk Management Services Annual Meeting

To ensure the safety and well-being of members, the Risk Management Services Annual Meeting moved to a virtual format in 2020.

The content provided program updates for the SC Municipal Insurance Trust and SC Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund. Additional content included topics on public works model policies/procedures, cyber liability updates, bias in law enforcement and natural disaster response.

The content is still available and can be found here.


Risk Management Institute Graduates

The Risk Management Institute, a program of the SC Municipal Insurance Trust and SC Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund, recognized 15 municipal officials during the virtual presentation for the Risk Management Services Annual Members Meeting.

The new Risk Management Institute graduates are Chantay F. Bouler, finance director, Town of Fort Mill; Chuck Denson, public works director, City of Goose Creek; Julie Emory, administrative coordinator, Town of Blythewood; Patrick N. Fortenberry, lieutenant, City of Greer; Larry Hall, equipment services manager, City of West Columbia; Debbie Hardin, human resources specialist, Town of Fort Mill; Dana Henderson, risk manager, Town of Mount Pleasant; J.D. Jake Mahoney, lieutenant, City of Aiken; Jacob McCauley, manager of human resources, City of North Augusta; Kevin L. Otte, fire chief, Town of Surfside Beach, Angela Roberson, human resource specialist, City of Walterboro; Thomas Smith, deputy chief, Town of Hampton; Troy E. Spann, safety and compliance officer, City of Aiken; Ross Vezin, battalion chief of training/education, City of Beaufort; and William Willis, police chief, Town of McCormick.

There is no fee for members to participate in the institute. Register online at the Municipal Association’s website.

2020 Risk Management Services Awards

Each year, the SC Municipal Insurance Trust and SC Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund board of trustees recognize members who have reduced their total costs and kept employees safe while delivering better public services.

Award winners are determined based on the municipality's loss experience for the current year and the previous three years. There are three population divisions, with one winner in each division. Six cities received recognition during the virtual presentation for the 2020 Risk Management Services Annual Members Meeting. The award winners received a plaque and a $2,500 monetary award.


  • Town of Lake View – Division I
  • Town of Sullivan’s Island – Division II
  • City of West Columbia – Division III


  • Town of Hemingway – Division I
  • City of Mullins – Division II
  • City of Spartanburg – Division III

2021 Risk Management Services Grants

The Risk Management Services programs have a long-standing history of offering grants to fund essential risk reduction initiatives.

The grant programs operate on a first-come, first-served reimbursement basis. After completing the required application process, members can request reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the cost for allowable equipment purchases. Request are limited to $2,000 per member, per grant, per year for the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Grant and Fire Service Grant. The Public Works Safety Grant, Law Enforcement Liability Reduction Grant and Public Works Property and Liability Reduction Grant requests are limited to $4,000 per member.

The grant process will open February 1, 2021.

For more information contact Lisa Dunkley at or 803.933.1237.


Risk Management Services Board Changes

The SC Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund has bid farewell to Dennis Pieper, who served as a member of the SCMIRF board for six years. He is the former town administrator for the Town of Surfside Beach.

"SCMIRF extends its gratitude to Dennis for his years of service," said Director of Risk Management Services Heather Ricard. "His insight and leadership will be missed."

The SCMIRF board has also welcomed Howie Owens to the board. Owens serves as the assistant city manager of the City of Sumter.


2021 Risk Management Services Training

Mark your calendar for the 2021 training courses for SCMIT and SCMIRF members. Risk Management Services will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our members. Depending on the conditions, the training sessions may be offered virtually instead of in person.

Hazard and Analysis Mitigation [Risk Management Institute Elective Course]

Fair and Impartial Policing: Understanding Bias and Duty to Intervene [Risk Management Institute Elective Course]

Diversity and Inclusion [Risk Management Institute Elective Course]

RMS Annual Members Meeting [Risk Management Institute Elective Course]

Public Works/Utilities Training [Risk Management Institute Core Course]