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MCIT Board Welcomes New Member, Says Goodbye to 2

April 26, 2019

Efforts to fill the vacancy created with the departure of Watonwan County Commissioner Scott Sanders at the end of 2018 culminated at the March 8 MCIT Board meeting with the appointment of Jackson County Commissioner Don Wachal to the board. Wachal was selected from a pool of eight candidates, four of whom were interviewed by …

Complying with the New Hands-free Cellphone Driving Law

April 26, 2019

Minnesota became the 16th state to prohibit driving while holding a cellphone when the law was signed by Governor Tim Walz April 12. The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2019. Based on the results of similar laws in other states, it is anticipated that this law will decrease Minnesota traffic fatalities by 15 percent. Because …

MCIT Presents on Jail Liability at AMC District Meetings

April 26, 2019

MCIT has once again been invited to present at the Association of Minnesota Counties’ spring district meetings. This year’s topic focuses on jail operations. Jail operations continue to be an increasingly complex and expanding area of risk exposure for counties and the staff who work in these facilities. In response to a growing concern with …

EDP Inventory Due April 30

March 13, 2019

On April 1, MCIT will request an updated electronic data processing (EDP) equipment inventory from each member’s primary contact. The inventory must include all EDP equipment—from all departments—that it wants covered, including its replacement cost value. The inventory is due to MCIT by April 30. With the 2019 enhancements for electronic data processing coverage comes …

Online Coverage Change Requests Coming March 21

March 05, 2019

MCIT is pleased to announce that it has completed the conversion of its underwriting system to the online platform. As a result, beginning March 21, members will be able to submit all auto, property, inland marine and canine coverage changes through the online MCIT member portal. In addition, members will be able to request certificates …

MCIT Cyber Coverage Program Expands

March 05, 2019

Cyber claim exposures continue to be a complex and evolving threat. Several years ago, MCIT analyzed potential exposures presented by the membership and in response debuted a comprehensive suite of cyber-related coverages in 2017. It was determined that MCIT could no longer rely on the limited coverage included in the property and general liability coverage …

MCIT Risk Management Consultant Jane Hennagir Retires

March 05, 2019

MCIT bids farewell to retiring Risk Management Consultant Jane Hennagir March 29. Hennagir has provided professional risk management advice to members since 2000. She began working for the MCIT program as an account executive with the third-party administrator Meadowbrook Insurance Group. Hennagir became an MCIT employee in 2010 when MCIT reorganized and brought the risk …

2019 Report to Counties: Managing Risks Together

March 05, 2019

This year MCIT and its members celebrate 40 years of successfully coming together to manage risks. During the year, MCIT representatives will meet with each county board to provide a report on MCIT and discuss how the county has contributed to the success of the program. This year’s report highlights key developments in the organization. …

Alert: Members Hit by Payroll Scam

February 28, 2019

Safeguard Against Electronic Theft of Employee Pay In recent weeks, several MCIT members have reported the electronic theft of employee payroll by an external entity. Mimicking the employee’s office e-mail address (often found on the member’s website), the external entity sent a request to payroll asking that the direct deposit of the employee’s paycheck be …

Coverage Reviews Available to Watch on Demand

February 04, 2019

Recordings of all 2019 MCIT Coverage Review webinars are available for viewing on demand at MCIT.org/coverage-reviews/. Members are encouraged to view these, as they address key areas of coverage and enhancements effective this year, in particular for drones, class III dams and data compromise/CyberOne coverage. The primary contact or designee for each county member must …