Sarah Perry

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Sarah Perry, ARM-P


Risk Manager, City of Columbia, Missouri

Summary of Qualifications

Sarah Perry began her insurance and risk management career in the early 1980’s with a major insurance broker. She worked in risk management for an Iowa hospital and for a workers’ compensation trust in Missouri prior to joining the City of Columbia, Missouri in 1997 as the risk manager. Sarah is active in the Missouri chapter of PRIMA, was involved in PRIMA’s Core Competencies Initiative and has participated in PRIMA’s Conference Planning Committees 2004 through 2010.  Sarah served on the PRIMA Board of Directors 2003 – 2010, and as president of the Board July 2008 - 2009. Currently Sarah is serving as the chair of PRIMA’s External Affairs committee.


Administers City of Columbia’s self insurance for workers’ compensation, liability, and property coverages, as well as straight insurance for risks as specified by city administration. Works with representatives from all city departments to identify potential problems. Develops and assists in implementation of city-wide strategies to prevent and minimize losses. Plans and conducts loss prevention, safety and health, and other training for city employees. Applies for, and administers brokered insurance coverage. Coordinates selection of the city’s insurance brokers and third party claim administrator. Monitors performance of broker, TPA, medical providers. Coordinates legal activities regarding city claims. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints from citizens, employees, or employee bargaining units. Prepares annual budget for the risk management division. Assists the city’s budgeting division in allocation of insurance costs to city departments and divisions. Serves as a liaison for the risk management division with other city departments/divisions and outside agencies. Supervises risk management staff.


Masters in Strategic Leadership (2011) - Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (2001) - Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri

Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P)


Member for
6 years 1 month