Patti Williams began her career with the City of Huntington Beach in 1991 as a part-time employee. She was promoted to the title of Risk Manager in 2006, after holding a variety of progressively responsible positions including, Medical Claims Processor, Senior Claims Examiner and Claims Supervisor.
Currently, Patti Williams manages the City’s Risk Management Division which oversees the administration of the City’s workers’ compensation and liability programs. These programs ensure that the City’s risk exposures are appropriately managed and that the City’s costs, in the unlikely event of loss, are minimized.
The City partners with other agencies in this effort through BICEP (Big Independent Cities Excess Pool) a joint powers authority. BICEP partner cities include; Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Ana, West Covina, and San Bernardino. Patti is an instrumental leader in the progressive management of BICEP, having served as BICEP President four times over the past ten years. Under Patti’s leadership, the City’s Risk Management unit has saved the City nearly $500K in property damage claims over the past five years. Patti was instrumental in implementing the City’s Alternate Dispute Resolution program which provides a more timely, and cost-effective alternative means for resolving medical treatment disputes related to workers’ compensation claims for select public safety units.
The Risk Management unit also performs a wide variety of staff training in the areas of ergonomics, workplace safety, and injury and illness prevention.
Patti is a seasoned professional, having achieved certification in self-insurance administration, as a workers’ compensation claims professional, as a professional disability manager and a certified case management professional. As well, Patti has designation as an Associate in Risk Management; and she has earned a BS in business. Patti currently serves as President of the Council of Self-Insured Public Agencies (COSIPA) and continues to serve on the BICEP board as President.