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Stephen Finley

Risk Manager, Denver Public Schools

Stephen Finley became the Director, Risk Management, for the Denver Public Schools in October 1995. Mr. Finley is responsible for the liability and property insurance and the self-insured workers’ compensation program for the second largest school district in Colorado. The district serves over 75,000 students with over 11,500 employees. He has the primary responsibility for the loss control programs, coordination of safety training, risk financing and exposure control and emergency response.

Prior to this, Mr. Finley served for ten years as the risk manager for the City of Lakewood, Colorado. At Lakewood Mr. Finley set up and ran two self-financed programs for workers’ compensation and, property and casualty. He also managed the employee benefits programs for health, dental, insurance and pension.

Mr. Finley is the Past President of the Rocky Mountain RIMS Chapter. He is Past President of the Colorado PRIMA Chapter. He is a frequent speaker at local and national seminars and conferences on a variety of risk management issues. Mr. Finley is a contributing author for the textbook Risk Management for Public Entities, RMPE 352.

Mr. Finley graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, MO. He received an MBA from the University of Portland. He is a Competent Toast Master (CTM). He holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) designations.

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