Dec. 19, 2019
City Selects Ryan Fitzgerald as Risk Manager
The City of Pensacola has selected Ryan Fitzgerald to fill the Risk Manager position, responsible for managing the city’s risk management operations including self-insurance, insurance procurement, claims settlement, overall risk assessment and more. Fitzgerald’s first day with the city was Monday, Dec. 16.
Fitzgerald Joins the City of Pensacola from Lafayette, Louisiana, where he most recently served as the Risk Manager for the Diocese of Lafayette. He previously worked in insurance and risk management for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Pensacola.
“I’m very excited to work at the city level,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s been an aspiration of mine since I got into the risk management field, so for me, this is a fantastic opportunity not only to be the Risk Manager for the City of Pensacola, but to move back home.”
Fitzgerald received a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from Ashford University and an Associate of Arts degree from St. John’s River State College. He also earned an Associate in Risk Management professional designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, which is a nationally recognized institution.
While working for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fitzgerald gained experience handling insurance claims after Hurricane Ivan, working with FEMA along with multiple insurance carriers and insurance adjusters. At the Diocese of Lafayette, Fitzgerald said he experienced risk management on a much larger scale, overseeing 121 churches, 31 Catholic schools, a nursing home and approximately 3,000 employees, with just under $1 billion in insurable assets.
Fitzgerald also has previous experience working with data as an senior operations analyst for ADT Security Services, which helped him develop his passion for analyzing risk and finding ways to reduce risk while increasing safety and cost savings for an organization. Fitzgerald said he’s looking forward to bringing his broad range of experience to the City of Pensacola.
“Ultimately what I’d like to do is develop a culture of safety first,” Fitzgerald said. “I want to spend the city’s resources wisely, and I want to reinvest in the city insurance program – things that will help reduce loss and save the city money on premiums. But it’s really about lives. It’s protecting our people – that’s both employees, our citizens and those folks who come to visit Pensacola and use city services.”
As the city’s Risk Manager, Fitzgerald’s job duties will include managing the city’s self-insurance program, designing and supervising a claims management program, administering the city’s group employee benefit insurance programs and taking appropriate steps to either eliminate, prevent, reduce, assume or transfer risk of loss.
“Risk management is such an integral part of any organization, and I’m glad to have Ryan Fitzgerald’s expertise here at the City of Pensacola,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “I’m looking forward to hearing his ideas on how we can improve our insurance policies and overall risk assessment to ensure we are operating as safely as possible for our employees and citizens.”