Risk Management provides systematic and continuous identification of loss exposure, an analysis of exposure in terms of frequency and severity probabilities, an application of sound risk control and safety procedures, and financing of risk mitigation strategies consistent with the City's financial resources.
Risk Management includes a variety of operations: employee benefits, workers compensation, non-litigated tort claims, employee safety, auto liability, and all property and casualty programs (both insured and self-insured). The Risk Manager oversees these operations and handles the negotiation and acquisition of insurance. Risk Management staff are separated into two basic functions: employee safety and claims administration.
The City maintains a Claims Adjuster and administrator responsible for investigating and adjusting City employee workers compensation claims, non-litigated auto liability, and property damage claims brought against the City.
The City of Wichita's workers compensation program is self-insured and self-administered. Injured City of Wichita employees should contact Verl Niedens at (316) 268-4608, or the Claims Administrator at (316) 268-4370 with any questions regarding their claim. Questions regarding Kansas Workers Compensation Laws and Rules can be asked of the Kansas Division of Workers Compensation via the internet. Alternatively, the telephone number for the Ombudsman/Claimant Advisory is 1-800-332-0353.
The City of Wichita's auto liability and property damage insurance program is self-insured, self-administered, and meets the standards required for self-insureds as set forth by the Kansas Insurance Commissioner and applicable Kansas statutes regulating self-insureds and Municipalities.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with the City of Wichita, or wish to make a claim against the City for other damages, you will need to download, complete, print and send in the Claim for Damages and follow the directions as stated. If you have any questions regarding this process, contact Verl Niedens at (316) 268-4608.
The City of Wichita believes that every employee is entitled to a safe and healthy working environment. It is the purpose of the Safety Office to ensure this ideal. The Safety Office will dedicate time and resources to remove recognized hazards, provide education and training, and communicate the need for every employee to take responsibility in incorporating excellent health, safety and environmental practices (including regulatory compliance) into their daily lives. In addition, the Safety Office will develop, implement, and maintain environmental health and safety policies and procedures for the City of Wichita. These policies and procedures will be continuously reviewed to ensure that the City of Wichita is meeting the goal of providing a safe and healthy working environment.
The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) oversees regulatory compliance for the City of Wichita.