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Risk Management


Our Mission is to provide a safe environment for our employees and citizens,  minimize financial risks to the City, protect the financial assets of the City of Renton by creating a safe environment for its employees, citizens, and visitors as well as  identifying, analyzing and implementing risk prevention and safety programs and developing effective channels of communication through excellent customer service.


Our vision is to continue to build upon past successes, while persistently seeking opportunities to develop and implement new ones. This can be accomplished through teamwork as it enables staff to work together toward a common goal with the opportunity to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.

To Risk Management, there is nothing more important than safety and health of our employees and citizens and protecting the assets of the City.  Risk Management is committed to protecting the City of Renton through education, training and awareness.  The Risk Management function acts as a support service to all City departments.  We are a service provider, working closely with all operating departments within the City.  Staffed with experts in various aspects of risk management, we are dedicated to minimizing or eliminating the exposure of City assets and resources to accidental and business loss.  Risk Management assists all levels of management and employees to maintain safety programs and practices that will ensure the safe and effective completion of city services and reduce accidents and injuries.

Services provided by Risk Management

Risk Management coordinates various claims generated from City operations.  These include workers’ compensation, auto liability, general liability, and property claims.  This service also includes accident investigations, in service training programs,  creates and manages City State compliant safety programs.  We also work with the public through our review and acceptance of insurance and bond documents.  Risk management reviews City department contract work scopes to specify appropriate insurance and indemnification language,  purchases Citywide insurance, administers all of the City’s liability, property insurance policies and its self-insurance program.

Program Goals

  • Minimize or eliminate the conditions and practices that cause loss and damage.
  • Provide guidance, direction, oversight and coordination of a City-wide risk management program.
  • Provide effective, proactive loss prevention programs, policies and procedures and to ensure compliance with WISHA standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a claim for damages against the city?

If you believe that the city is responsible for damages to you or your property, you must file a written claim.  In order to meet legal requirements you must supply specific information. To assist you in meeting those requirements, the city has prepared a claim form for your use.   Claim forms   are available from the City Clerk's Office or the Risk Management Division or on our Risk Management web page below. Completed claims should be notarized and mailed or hand delivered to the City Clerk's Office along with copies of invoices, receipts or pictures documenting your damages. Please note the City Clerks Offices offers notary services.  A copy of your claim will be  sent to the Risk Management Division. This Division is responsible for moving the claim to our insurance carrier in a timely manner investigating and settlement. The claims adjuster will investigate your claim and determine if the city is legally responsible for your damages and, if so, for how much. Generally, the city will only pay for damages when it can be shown that the city was negligent in its operations. You will receive written notice of action taken on your claim within 45 days after it was filed.

If you have any questions related to risk management, please contact:

Gary Lamb
Risk Manager