June 4, 2008, Anaheim, Calif.—The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) installed its new president, Sarah Perry, ARM-P, at its annual membership luncheon, held during PRIMA’s 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim.
Perry assumes the role of president of the Association after serving on PRIMA’s board of directors for several years. She has also participated in PRIMA committees, including education, PRIMA Institute and two-time chair of the conference planning committee. She currently sits on PRIMA’s new enterprise risk management task force.
“I have been a member of PRIMA since 1997,” said Perry during her inaugural address. “When I joined, I knew I wanted to be involved, but I never could have imagined standing here 11 years later as the president of this great organization!”
During her presidency, Perry aims to expand PRIMA’s message and resources to individuals and entities not already members of PRIMA, increase current members’ involvement and develop future leaders of the Association.
“In order for public risk managers to stay ahead of the curve and keep up with the changing landscape of risk management, I believe we have to be more flexible in our response to the demands, or opportunities, presented to us,” said Perry. “We have to build our access to the resources available to help us. I have learned in my job I don’t have to know all the answers, but I do need to know where to find them. I want PRIMA members to look to their Association for those answers, and I want us to be able to respond.”
Perry has been the risk manager for the City of Columbia, MO, since February, 1997. Before joining the city, she served as the director of risk management at a workers’ compensation trust for five years, and risk manager for a teaching hospital for two years.
Perry will lead the Association of more than 2,000 public entities and oversee its nine-person board of directors until June 2009, at which time she will assume the role of past-president on the Association’s board.
The Association’s mission is to promote effective risk management in the public interest as an essential component of public administration. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, PRIMA is the largest risk management association dedicated solely to the practice of risk management in the public sector. PRIMA’s membership is made up of more than 2,000 entities in over 1,800 jurisdictions.