Posted on: 6/8/2015

Brett Dahl Named PRIMA’s 2015 Public Risk Manager of the Year

June 8, 2015, Houston, Texas—The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) today awarded its coveted Public Risk Manager of the Year award to Brett Dahl. Dahl accepted his award during PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.

Dahl, administrator for the State of Montana’s administration, risk management and tort division, was chosen as this year’s Public Risk Manager of the Year by a panel of his peers for his innovative risk management programs.

“Brett’s commitment to the safety of his entity and his peers made him a standout candidate in a very competitive field this year,” said Marshall Davies, PhD, PRIMA executive director. “His programs have had a positive impact not only on the state of Montana, but everyone who lives there.”

Dahl was chosen for his notable accomplishments, which include:

  • Established the state of Montana’s ‘Loss Mitigation Expense Assistance’ program. Through this program, financial awards are provided to state agencies and universities for projects, equipment, and training that mitigate potential auto, aviation, general liability, and property losses. Approximately $500,000 is provided each year for many worthwhile loss mitigation/prevention initiatives.
  • To meet the challenge of reaching out to assure that risk management is firmly ‘embedded’ in the framework of his 57 agencies, boards/councils/commissions, and 10 universities in one of the largest state in the nation, Dahl organized his staff into teams that are responsible for delivering services to groups of clients within geographic areas of the state.
  • Dahl created the state Risk Management Network in 2004, which consists of professionals from the public and private sector.

Dahl has worked for the state of Montana, the fourth largest state in the U.S., since 1990.

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.

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