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Risk Management

The Risk Management Division consists of four programs:

Administrative Operations

  • Create and maintain risk management information system.
  • Review and execute contracts, agreements, leases, and grants.
  • Identify, evaluate, and rate all risks of accidental loss.
  • Respond to citizen and public requests for assistance.
  • Respond to employee, supervisor and management requests for assistance.
  • Market and negotiate placement of commercial insurance policies.
  • Initiate investigation and recovery of costs for loss or damage to City property caused by insurable perils or a negligent third party.

For more information, contact:
Mark Howard
Risk Manager
(805) 897-2654
(805) 897-2642 Fax


  • Administer incident claims and procedures.
  • Investigate departmental activities relative to claimed damages.
  • Pay or deny claims and communicate findings to claimants.
  • Represent the City in Small Claims court.
  • Request and track hazard mitigation throughout City activities.
  • Provide tailored loss prevention classes to City personnel.
  • Consult with departments to assess workplace security needs.
  • Prepare preventability reports of vehicle and equipment damage.
  • Organize defensive driving classes and materials.
  • Notarize City and employee documents.
  • Report loss amounts monthly and annually.
  • Assess and provide loss prevention training.
  • Claim for Damages Against the City of Santa Barbara (PDF Form).

For more information, contact:
Marisa Kahn
Risk Analyst II
(805) 897-2585
(805) 897-2642 Fax 

Workers' Compensation (related to City Employees only)

  • Ensure compliance with federal and California laws, monitor legislation, legal opinions, and case law for changes in the law.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze loss data.
  • Investigate, evaluate, and authorize all new lost time claims.
  • Approve the use of salary continuation.
  • Approve the expenditures, evaluate and recommend settlement proposals, and obtain approval for settlement payments.
  • Ensure that the third party administrator completes all required elements of contracts.
  • Assist outside legal counsel to defend claims and coordinate subrogation recovery.
  • Notify management of any permanent work restriction for injured employees and evaluate industrial disability retirement applications.
  • Assist managers and supervisors to return an injured employee to regular or modified duty and develop a modified duty contract.
  • Respond to employee, supervisor and management inquiries, and provide training on workers' compensation.

For more information, contact:
Michael Ranson
Risk Analyst II
(805) 897-2619
(805) 897-2642 Fax

Occupational Health & Safety (related to City Employees only)

  • Review and update the Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to conform with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) regulatory changes.
  • Maintain and schedule master IIPP compliance activities and other safety training regulations according to state law.
  • Provide training guidance and resources to supervisors.
  • Conduct job safety analysis for job classifications with most frequent work injuries.
  • Identify job task hazards that cause the most frequent work injuries and recommend corrective actions.
  • Maintain City network of internal occupational safety trainers.

For more information, contact:
Julie Ruggieri
Risk Technician
(805) 564-5347
(805) 897-2642 Fax

Last Updated: Aug 4, 2021
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