Chapter 4.36
WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION CLAIM REVOLVING FUND

Sections:

4.36.010    Established.

4.36.020    Administration.

4.36.030    Disbursements.

4.36.040    Transfer of cash to fund.

4.36.050    Reimbursement.

4.36.060    Rejection of claims.

4.36.070    Settlement of claims.

4.36.080    Professional services.

4.36.010 Established.

A revolving fund in the sum of $25,000 be and the same is hereby established under the name known and designated at the workman’s compensation claim revolving fund, and shall be used for the handling, settlement and defense of lawsuits and claims deemed compensable pursuant to the state industrial insurance law (Title 51 RCW) and for the expenses normally associated therewith. Said amount is to be added to the county budget for the year 1978.

(§ 1 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).

4.36.020 Administration.

The workman’s compensation 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 March 15, 1978).

4.36.030 Disbursements.

Disbursements from the workman’s compensation claim revolving fund shall be by check only over the signature of the treasurer or that of his assigned deputy upon the direction from the risk manager and prosecuting attorney or his authorized deputy. Such requests for disbursement shall be made and authorized on such forms as are approved by the board of Snohomish county commissioners.

(§ 3 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).

4.36.040 Transfer of cash to fund.

The Snohomish county treasurer is hereby authorized to transfer cash in the amount of $25,000 from the current expense fund to workman’s compensation claim revolving fund.

(§ 4 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).

4.36.050 Reimbursement.

The workman’s compensation 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 March 15, 1978).

4.36.060 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.

(§ 6 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).

4.36.070 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.

(§ 7 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).

4.36.080 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 by the property of the prosecuting attorney. All correspondence reports and documents (except the claim documents themselves) shall be attorney work product.

(§ 8 of Res. adopted March 15, 1978).