March 2021
News & Events
IRMA Hires New Finance Director
With the upcoming retirement of Rita Boserup, IRMA retained GovHR to assist in recruiting a new Finance Director. After a competitive search and review of 42 applications, we are happy to welcome Ashli Motyka as our new Finance Director. Ashli has started on a part-time basis and will join IRMA full time on April 14 so there is transition time working with Rita and the finance team. Ashli comes to IRMA after working at the City of Crest Hill for 10 years. She has her MBA in Accounting and her BS in Business Management.

Two Recent Arbitration Wins Hold Third Parties Accountable
IRMA staff protect our members’ interests in holding responsible third parties accountable for damages they cause. As such, when an employee is in a car accident with a third party and the accident is the fault of the third part, we will pursue reimbursement of our costs from the third-party insurance company. It is fairly common that these third-party insurance companies refuse to pay what they owe. That’s when we file for arbitration to make sure we collect all that we are entitled to.
Cyber Security Awareness
HSB Resource on Microsoft Exchange Hack
On March 2, Microsoft announced there were vulnerabilities in its Exchange Server mail and calendar software for corporate and government data centers.  The breach is believed to have targeted hundreds of thousands of Exchange users around the world. 
IRMA Partners with New Pooled Consultant, Rubrik
With cyberthreats on the increase, it is imperative that members have proper tools to minimize their risk of a cyber-attack. Data management and restoration is one area that can assist with cyber security. IRMA has partnered with Rubrik to provide an exclusive discount for cybersecurity support to IRMA Members. Rubrik, a leader for data center backup and recovery solutions has become the fastest growing IT company in the history of Silicon Valley. Rubrik’s data management solution simplifies the backup and recovery of critical data while incorporating cutting-edge security capabilities to eliminate the impact of ransomware. The Rubrik Solution includes strategic partnership with cybersecurity industry leaders Assured Data Protection (ADP) and CDW that will modernize and simplify data security protection. 
Risk Management News
Keys to a Successful Aquatic Facility Start-Up

Aquatic facility start-up is no easy task. And for most aquatic facilities that did not open in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, it has been 20+ months since your equipment was last operated. For this reason, troubleshooting mechanical issues this year may be more difficult than in seasons past.
Swimming Facility Guidance-COVID-19 Safety Procedures

As aquatic facilities prepare for a (hopefully) less restrictive summer season than in 2020, many questions are arising as to how best to interpret the sometimes-vague guidance of IDPH and the CDC. IRMA member aquatic facilities vary greatly, from bather loads to quantity of pools, to number of staff needed, and general facility layout. 
#Orange4safety: National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26-30

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season encourages safe driving through work zones. This is a great opportunity to focus on work zone safety training for employees as well as promote safety reminders to your community. Join the campaign – Visit the NWZAW Official Web Page for details, resources, and toolkits. 
NIOSH Cautions Firefighters at natural gas, propane incidents

NIOSH has issued a safety advisory to fire departments concerning fading odorants during natural gas and propane leaks.