Attorney hired as city's risk manager

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.

"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.