By Bob Marinelli
Although Precious Seabrooks didn’t begin her professional career in risk management, her efforts have distinguished her as an innovator in the field.
Precious has served as the risk management specialist for Cary, North Carolina, since September 2015. As the seventh-largest municipality in the state, Cary boasts more than 30 parks and natural areas, an extensive greenway system and numerous special-use facilities for recreation and sports that enable the town to host a full calendar of community events.
During her tenure, Precious has expanded the town’s risk management department and actively seeks to partner with the safety department. She oversees the town’s property and liability risk management program, which includes managing the insurance program, property and liability claims, contractual risk transfer, and certificates of insurance compliance and management. She also identifies, assesses and mitigates risk exposures, serves on the safety committee and performs all other risk-related functions.
Becoming a risk management specialist
Precious began her career as a financial specialist in the United States Air Force. She was promoted to financial manager during her seven years as an enlisted member. Her finance background also includes accounting, human resources, insurance and risk management.
While she was a new employee with the City of Raleigh, the unexpected departure of the city’s risk analyst and risk manager allowed Precious the opportunity to begin building a risk management career. In more than five years with the City of Raleigh, she performed various risk management roles.
A proactive approach and a plan for the future
In her role with the Town of Cary, Precious researches programs before acquiring or building properties, developments or structures. She routinely seeks out potential exposures and works to implement methods to re-engineer problem areas and develop best practices to monitor and control them. She continues to broaden her professional experience by regularly participating in groups and special projects.
As part of a five-year plan, Precious has improved best practices and risk management measures, overseen a comprehensive risk analysis for the town, and completed a property valuation project and an actuarial study.
Her initiatives also include:
- Working with the town’s safety program and their Trident Public Risk Control consultant to provide onsite defensive- and distracted-driver training
- Future plans for ongoing training such as employment practices liability for the management team
- Implementing online training for employees through Trident University, supporting the needs of their CALEA-certified police department and the many town maintenance and services departments
Precious is a model risk management specialist with a passion for protecting the town’s employees and the community. She seeks innovative, effective solutions to address today’s rapidly-growing exposures.
Bob Marinelli, ARM, CPSI, RSSP, is risk control manager for Trident Public Risk Solutions.