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Posted on: 6/6/2011
James E. Huckaby, ARM-P, Named PRIMA’s 2011 Public Risk Manager of the Year

June 6, 2011, Portland, Ore.—The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) today announced awarded its coveted Public Risk Manager of the Year award to James E. Huckaby, ARM-P. Huckaby accepted his award during PRIMA’s 32nd Annual Conference in Portland, Ore.


Huckaby, director of risk management for the Mesquite Independent School District in Mesquite, Texas, was chosen as this year’s Public Risk Manager of the Year by a panel of his peers for his innovative risk management programs.


“James has shown a commitment to risk management that made him a standout in a very competitive field of candidates this year,” said Marshall Davies, PhD, PRIMA interim executive director. “He has shown the kind of dedication to public sector safety and accountability that personifies PRIMA’s Public Risk Manager of the Year.”


Huckaby’s most notable accomplishments, which contributed to his selection as Public Risk Manager of the Year, include:


  • Reducing workers’ compensation costs by 60 percent in his entity
  • Lowering automobile claim costs by 45 percent
  • Successfully saving the school district $30.6 million through its self-insured workers’ compensation program


Huckaby has worked for the Mesquite Independent School District since 1992, where he was the district’s first risk manager and built his department from the ground up.


The Public Risk Manager of the Year award was established by PRIMA in 1994 to honor a risk manager who has effectively coordinated and managed a risk management program for a public entity facing out-of-the-ordinary challenges.


Photo available upon request.


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.


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