About Us

Our Mission

To protect State assets, promote safety, and prevent losses through proactive, collaborative loss control and claims management, in partnership with the participating entities of the Risk Fund.


The Division of Risk Management provides property, liability, and auto insurance coverage, claims administration, and loss control services to the participating insureds of the Risk Management Fund. Among those insureds are all state agencies, all public school districts, all public institutions of higher education, and many of the public charter schools. Utah Code Title 63A, Section 4, mandates the appointment of a Risk Manager, establishes the Risk Management Fund, and directs the administration of the Fund. Critical to the administration of the Fund is the Governmental Immunity Act, Utah Code Title 63G-7 which limits the exposure of the Fund.


The Division of Risk Management is a division in the State of Utah Department of Administrative Services. We are organized into three groups (Administrative, Claims, and Loss Control). Working together, the three groups carry out the mission with which Risk Management has been charged. Key activities include:

Division of Risk Management Organization

  • Brian Nelson, Director 801-538-9576, benelson@utah.gov
  • Darin Dennis, Assistant Director 801-520-0670, darindennis@utah.gov
  • David Lund, Assistant Attorney General 801-538-9579, davidlund@agutah.gov
  • Jeff Rose, Risk Strategy Manager 801-538-9566, jeffrose@utah.gov
  • Jeff Coates, Claims Manager 801-538-9568, jcoates@utah.gov
  • Mark Petersen, Loss Control Manager 801-664-3394, markpetersen@utah.gov
  • Brian Jensen, Risk Support Services Manager 801-538-3213, brianjensen@utah.gov
  • Emily Williams, Risk Systems Manager 801-538-9537, emilywilliams@utah.gov