The Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund would like to congratulate the winners of its 2015 Risk Management and Loss Control Awards. These award categories are meant to highlight those Sheriffs’ Offices that are partnering with FSRMF to not only save money, but to save lives. Award consideration is partially determined by the losses of a Sheriff’s Office over the more recent three-year period, as compared with other FSRMF members, giving due consideration to the size and geographical location of the agency.
EXCELLENCE IN RISK MANAGEMENT AND LOSS CONTROL AWARD
FSRMF gives this award to three Sheriffs’ Offices that have demonstrated a serious commitment to risk management and loss control efforts. Recipients must have demonstrated great responsiveness and cooperation with regard to adopting recommendations and efforts of the FSRMF loss control staff. The winners of this award have shown their dedication and commitment to safe practices and procedures.
2015 Award Winners: Desoto County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office
MOST EFFECTIVE RETURN-TO-WORK PROGRAM AWARD
This award recognizes three Sheriffs’ Offices that have the most effective return-to-work programs for injured employees. Recipients have the lowest average lost days from work due to occupational accident and injury for that time period, and have shown concerted and effective efforts to return employees to work. These agencies recognize that their personnel are their agency’s most important resource and, as a result, the value of getting the best and timeliest care possible for and continuing to work closely with their injured employee so that they can return to work.
2015 Award Winners: Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
EXCELLENCE IN LABOR AND ETHICS RELATIONS AWARD
FSRMF recognizes three Sheriffs’ Offices with this award for their commendable loss experience with regard to labor and/or ethics-related claims. Recipients have the lowest labor-related claims frequency and loss severity for their size, and have demonstrated a commitment to treating their employees fairly, equally and in compliance with the various labor laws that apply to their operations. They strive to reach and maintain the highest ethical standards in the operation of their office.
2015 Award Winners: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office
Assistant Director Georgene Rye of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been named the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund’s 2015 Outstanding Risk Manager of the Year. This award is considered one of the highest levels of recognition offered by FSRMF and is one of only two awards presented to an individual. Rye was presented with the award at the 2015 FSA Summer Conference.
Rye came to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 1999, after serving in various Human Resources Division roles for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orange County government and Broward County government. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Public Risk Management Association, Florida Sheriffs Association Executive Leadership Conference Human Resource Committee, and the Wellness Councils of America.
Assistant Director Rye is highly respected by members of her agency and by the associations, vendors and professional consultants she works with. She continuously seeks ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Risk Management functions and is dedicated to the well-being of all agency members and their families. Rye is committed to education in the field of risk management and is involved in leadership in risk management and loss control efforts in her agency. She is very deserving of the prestigious award.
Rye was presented with this award for her demonstration of the highest level of commitment to managing, preventing and mitigating losses and thereby preserving life, property and productivity to the betterment of her Sheriff’s Office.
Fleet/Radio Manager Steven King of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has been named the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund’s 2015 Outstanding Fleet Manager of the Year. This award is considered one of the highest levels of recognition offered by FSRMF and is one of only two awards presented to an individual. King was presented with the award at the 2015 FSA Summer Conference.
Florida Deputy Sheriffs are more likely to be involved in a crash and drive over 300 million miles per year. Fleet accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury to law enforcement and members of the public. Fifteen percent of fleet crashes result in injury to law enforcement officers, and 51 percent of fleet crashes nationwide result in civil lawsuits. This award commends a fleet manager’s efforts to reduce automobile accidents caused by actions of deputy sheriffs and other agency employees.
King has been with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Florida Leadership Academy.
King is constantly reviewing new technology and keeping his fleet unit informed and up-to-date with cost- and energy-saving strategies. His creative thinking and supportive leadership of the fleet employees allows the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to have one of the leading fleet units in the state.