The city of Columbus has hired a risk manager who happens to be an attorney, a city official said Wednesday.
Anne-Marie Amiel of Maine joined the city just after Labor Day, said Tom Barron, director of Human Resources. She takes over a position that had been cut from the budget for the last 10 years but was approved this fiscal year by Columbus Council.
"It seemed as though you were saving a nickel but you were missing a dollar," Barron said of going without a risk manager. "We were able to convince council that we weren't doing ourselves any favors."
As risk manager of the self-insured city, Amiel will manage all risks within the government that would include health and safety issues for employees and all the city property.
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"Her job is to identify and mitigate risks," Barron said.
For example, Barron said motorists who may damage their vehicles on city streets would file a report with her office. Barron said Amiel is highly qualified. Amiel, a native of the United Kingdom and a U.S. citizen, is licensed to practice law in New York, Virginia and before the Supreme Court. At one time, she was in medical school.
"We didn't hire her as a lawyer," he said. "She just happens to be one. We hired her as a risk manager."
Amiel reports to Barron and earns $58,701 a year.