Shannon Gunderman

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Administrative Services Director of Yuma County, Arizona


More than 15 years of public sector risk management experience | More than 17 years of legal experience | More than 22 years of public speaking experience


As the administratrive services director, Shannon oversees Yuma County’s property, liability, unemployment, and workers’   compensation programs. Additionally, he is responsible for insuring the County’s real and personal business property assets with a value of over $300 million. He also manages three separate annual budgets totaling over $4 million. Shannon directs the County’s loss control, safety, and privacy programs to assure compliance with OSHA, HIPAA, ADA and other regulatory requirements and supervises the Conflict Administrator’s Office which assigns legal counsel to indigent criminal defendants. He also serves as the County’s Privacy Officer and its ADA Title II Coordinator.


During his service in Yuma County Administration, Shannon transitioned the County from a commercially insured to self-insured workers’ compensation program, which saved taxpayers nearly $300,000 in its first year of operation. He introduced and championed a pain management program that reduced the number of workers’ compensation claims, reduced the use of prescription medication in the County’s self-funded health insurance program, reduced worker absences, and improved morale. He created financial formulas to determine the amount of premium to charge each County budget in order to fund the County’s self-insurance program and developed the method of premium allocation; this procedure gave more predictability to the budgetary process and improved the County’s accountability in financial audits. His subrogation efforts recovered over $650,000 in County funds. Prior to joining County Administration in 2005, Shannon worked for six years as a paralegal and risk manager with the County Attorney where he assisted attorneys in the practice of the following areas of law: Contract and Agency, Administrative, Civil Rights, Property Tax, Torts, Premises Liability, Employment Practices, and Criminal. Before his career in public service, Shannon spent two years in the private sector as a paralegal with a bankruptcy law firm where he gained an extensive knowledge in the filing of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcies.


After several years of discussions, meetings, education, and departmental outreach, Shannon was able to convince Yuma County leadership to support the development and implementation of an enterprise risk management program. He is now the County’s ERM project manager and serves as a leading member of both the County’s Enterprise Risk Committee and Enterprise Risk Development Team.


PRIMA – Public Risk Management Association

RIMS – Risk and Insurance Management Society

ACIP – Arizona Counties Insurance Pool


Certified Public Manager, Arizona State University

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, American Institute for CPCU

Associate in Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America

Associate in Insurance Services, Insurance Institute of America

Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional, Michigan State University

Certified Paralegal, National Association of Legal Assistants

Certificate in Paralegal Studies, University of Arizona

Certificate in Mediation, Institute for Conflict Management


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