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File #: 21-1096    Version: 1 Name: Resolutions Rejecting Claims for Damages
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 10/15/2021 In control: Human Resources
On agenda: 11/16/2021 Final action: 11/16/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #: Resolution No. 21-323, Resolution No. 21-324, Resolution No. 21-325, Resolution No. 21-326, Resolution No. 21-327, Resolution No. 21-328, Resolution No. 21-329
Title: Adopt Resolutions Rejecting Claims for Damages.
Attachments: 1. Agenda Item, 2. Resolution No. 21-323, 3. Resolution No. 21-324, 4. Resolution No. 21-325, 5. Resolution No. 21-326, 6. Resolution No. 21-327, 7. Resolution No. 21-328, 8. Resolution No. 21-329
DATE: November 16, 2021

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBMITTED BY: Hollis Magill, Director of Human Resources

SUBJECT: Resolutions Rejecting Claims for Damages

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):
TITLE
Adopt Resolutions Rejecting Claims for Damages.
REPORT
There is no increase in Net County Cost associated with the recommended action. After evaluation by the Claims Review Committee, submitted claims are presented to the Board with a rejection recommendation. If the claim is in the County's jurisdiction, the Summary of Claims denotes the affected supervisorial district.

ALTERNATIVE ACTION:

The Board could choose not to approve the Department of Human Resources' recommendations.

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no increase in Net County Cost associated with the recommended action. Payment of claims and the cost of defending claims are charged to the Department's Org 8925, Risk Management Internal Services Fund. The Fund is supported by annual budgetary contributions based on actuarial projections.

DISCUSSION:

The Board has delegated authority to the Department to accept claims for damages in amounts up to $50,000 and reject claims up to $25,000. Claims exceeding that amount are referred to the Board after evaluation by the Claims Review Committee (CRC). The CRC considers various claim elements, which include jurisdiction, allocation of fault, immunities, and compliance with the Government Tort Claims Act by claimants. The CRC consists of Department staff, a Deputy County Counsel, and an Independent Legal Counsel.

For claims involving damages over $5,000, a reserve is established, which is estimated to be sufficient to pay the cost of investigating and defending the claim, and to pay any damages for which the County is liable.

After evaluation by the CRC, claims are presented to the Board with a recommendation to reject submitted claims, which places the County in the strongest position to negotiate and/or defend the claim.

The CRC has reviewed the claims that are summarized...

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