Posted on: 6/4/2012

Gary Eastes Named PRIMA’s 2012 Public Risk Manager of the Year

June 4, 2012, Nashville, Tenn.—The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) today awarded its coveted Public Risk Manager of the Year award to Gary Eastes. Eastes accepted his award during PRIMA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


Eastes, risk and benefits manager for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., was chosen as this year’s Public Risk Manager of the Year by a panel of his peers for his innovative risk management programs.


“Gary’s commitment to the health and 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 made a difference to the City of Knoxville and its employees, even going so far as save lives.”


Eastes was chosen for his notable accomplishments, which include:


  • Reducing the city’s per-employee medical costs to 26 percent below the national average.
  • Lowering workers’ compensation costs from more than $5 million annually in 2004 to $2 million in 2010.
  • Cutting the number of total injury cost days in half between 2004 and 2010.


Eastes has worked for the City of Knoxville, the third largest city in Tennessee, since 2003.


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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