Chapter 4.22
SELF-INSURANCE CLAIM REVOLVING FUND

Sections:

4.22.010    Established - Use restrictions.

4.22.020    Administrative authority.

4.22.030    Disbursements.

4.22.040    Transfer of cash into fund authorized when.

4.22.050    Reimbursement of fund.

4.22.060    Emergency advances authorized when.

4.22.070    Rejection of claims.

4.22.080    Settlement of claims.

4.22.090    Professional services.

4.22.010 Established - Use restrictions.

A revolving fund in the sum of $25,000 be and the same is hereby established under the name known and designated at the "Self-Insurance Claim Revolving Fund," and shall be used for the handling, settlement and defense of lawsuits and third-party claims to all tortious conduct and for the expenses normally associated therewith. Said amount is to be added to the county budget for the year 1977.

(§ 1 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.020 Administrative authority.

The said self-insurance claim revolving fund shall be administered through the insurance and risk management department through the risk manager, or his assigned deputy.

(§ 2 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.030 Disbursements.

The self-insurance claim revolving fund shall be disbursed by check only over the signature of the treasurer or that of his assigned deputy upon direction from the risk manager and prosecuting attorney or his authorized deputy.

(§ 3 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.040 Transfer of cash into fund authorized when.

The Snohomish county treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer cash in the amount of $25,000 from the current expense fund to the self-insurance claim revolving fund, and the claims expenses be requested and authorized on forms as outlined by the board of Snohomish county commissioners.

(§ 4 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.050 Reimbursement of fund.

The self-insurance claim revolving fund shall be reimbursed by payments from the departments affected through their respective insurance budgets through the regular voucher-warrant system.

(§ 5 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.060 Emergency advances authorized when.

In cases of emergency, the agent of the county, Scott Wetzel Services, is authorized to pay up to $250.00 in advances to potential claimants and up to $100.00 in allocated expenses per claim on behalf of the county in the settlement of claims, without prior approval by the risk manager or the authorized deputy, when in the judgment of Scott Wetzel Services such payments are in the best interest of Snohomish county, and provided such payment is appropriate under law.

(§ 6 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.070 Rejection of claims.

The risk manager, upon the advice of the prosecuting attorney or any attorney or adjuster working at the prosecuting attorney’s direction, is authorized to reject any claim made against the county if it is believed that the claim is without merit or that the county has no legal liability. If the propriety of any such rejection is questioned, the rejection may be reviewed by a meeting of not less than a quorum of the board of county commissioners.

(§ 7 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.080 Settlement of claims.

The risk manager, upon the advice of the prosecuting attorney or his deputy, is authorized to settle any claim in an amount not to exceed $5,000. In the absence of the risk manager, the chairman of the board of county commissioners may approve settlement recommended by the prosecuting attorney. Claims in excess of $5,000 may only be settled by the written authorization of the board of county commissioners on a claim-by-claim basis.

(§ 8 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).

4.22.090 Professional services.

The risk manager and the prosecuting attorney shall have authority over and direct any professional risk management firm and/or services retained by Snohomish county. Final authority shall be in the prosecuting attorney, and all files of such risk management service shall be the property of the prosecuting attorney. All correspondence reports and documents, except the claim documents themselves, shall be attorney work product.

(§ 9 of Res. adopted July 6, 1977).