Partnering For Success


A Webinar And On Demand Video Series with Public Entity Partners

TML is working with Public Entity Partners to provide the Partnering for Success webinar series beginning August 19, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, both the TML Annual Conference and the Public Entity Partner's Risk & Insurance Symposium have been cancelled. Both organizations are taking this opportunity to work together and provide educational content to members. The webinars will begin August 19 and continue into the fall. 

The webinars sponsored by Public Entity Partners will be live and include an opportunity for questions at the end of the presentations. Each participant must register. These sessions have been approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for utility commissioner credit.

Webinars provided by TML require registration but may not include a Q&A and may not qualify for utility commissioner credit.  Sessions approved for utility commissioner credit are denoted as such below.  On-demand content provided by TML doesn't require registration.  


Series Schedule

Upcoming Sessions

October 28, 2020 at 1 p.m. CDT

John Greer, Technical Secretary to the Utility Management Review Board and the Water & Wastewater Financing Board, and Assistant Director for the Division of Local Government Finance (LGF)

The Role of Depreciation in Utility Management


Depreciation is a measure of the reduction in value of an asset or resource with the passage of time.  It’s also an essential element in the accounting of a local government’s utility management.  

John Greer, Technical Secretary to the Utility Management Review Board and the Water & Wastewater Financing Board, and Assistant Director for the Division of Local Government Finance (LGF), will provide an overview of the role of depreciation in utility management and share tips to help municipalities manage better.  
John and his office want to hear from you!  
(615) 747-5260

October 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. CDT

Betsy Knotts, Director of the Division of Local Government Finance (LGF), Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury

Seven Keys to a Fiscally Well-Managed Government

*This session will be approved by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office for CMFO and utility commissioner credits.  You must register and participate in the live event to receive your credits.  

Building a strong budget helps make your city resilient. A local government’s ability to track how much revenue is coming into the government and how much is going out is vital to its fiscal health. Forecasting budgetary amounts, and planning for the unknown also helps ensure that funding is available for future needs. In this live session with Q&A Betsy Knotts will share seven keys to a fiscally well-managed government.   You must register (above) to join this event.

October 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. CDT

Jim Arnette, Director, Division of Local Government Audit, Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury

Cyber Aware


Municipal leaders in Tennessee know that local governments continue to be the biggest target for cybercriminals who wish to steal money, change or destroy information, or even hold your data for ransom.  Earlier this year the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury launched Cyber Aware to educate and inform local government employees about cybersecurity. Now, Jim Arnette, Director of Local Government Audit, will speak about the threat of cybercriminals to local governments and what cities can do to protect themselves.

 Sam Glenn -- View Sam Glen's bio on his website


Never before have so many people faced change, unpredictable circumstances, and fear all at the same time. Life has changed for people in almost every way possible in both their personal and professional lives. No matter a person's age, location, or industry everyone is facing new challenges on an almost daily basis.
Now, more than ever, people have to be incredibly “intentional” about not only guarding their positive attitude but feeding it so that it can withstand the challenges the current day presents. 

Sam Glenn, who has authored more than 30 books based on how the human attitude works, will share his best points and practical tips on how to finish this year strong, while preparing to start next year off in the best possible way.

With humor, real life examples, and strategies that actually work – this virtual webinar will provide a positive boost  to keep moving forward with your head up!

We have all heard speeches on attitude, but we promise this one to be a little bit different than what you are expecting! 

 September 10, 2020, at 12:00pm-1:00pm CDT

Dr. Matt Murray

COVID-19 and the Tennessee Economy 


As Tennessee’s cities and towns continue to grapple with COVID-19 and the ongoing economic uncertainty, Dr Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, will provide his insights relating to the attitudes and behaviors Tennesseans have toward COVID-19 and the reopening of the economy.

Currently, Dr. Murray works closely with Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group and other groups to administer the ongoing Tennessee Pulse Survey. The survey, completing its 5th Wave, provides a Time Series analysis that measures how concerns and attitudes change and evolve over time. 

Murray, who also serves as a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has worked with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives and economic/fiscal impact analysis. 

We hope that city officials will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to receive expert information about COVID and the Tennessee economy and will participate in a Q&A session in this live webinar.

September 16, 2020 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

George Dalton, Public Entity Partners

Leadership and Police Civil Liability: Leading Through Challenging Times 

Law enforcement leadership and command staff throughout the country are aware that a small percentage of officers are responsible for a disproportionate number of complaints or accidents. Sadly, this can negatively reflect on the department and the law enforcement profession. In light of the recent headlines on national protests, questions about biased policing, calls for increased police accountability, the goal of this training is to increase the awareness and understanding of critical risk management trends in law enforcement, and the latest police liability developments. Law enforcement is experiencing challenging time, and leadership is essential in helping the department maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals during these trying times. A description of the basic civil liability judicial environment will be presented, and the critical importance of reasonable, defensible decision-making will be discussed; with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of police leadership and mid-level supervisors in identifying issues early and responding strategically. In addition to the legal implications, the impact of engaging your community, positive contacts with the public and superior interpersonal skills will be addressed. Items that will be discussed include:

  • Implicit Bias
  • Community Engagement
  • Police EPLI Issues
  • Early Intervention Warning Systems
  • Law Enforcement Distracted Driving

 September 2, 2020 at 1:00pm-2pm CDT

Abbie Hudgins, Administrator, Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Bureau of Workers Compensation Update

This session will give an update from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation including the impacts of telehealth on workers’ compensation. During the COVID-19 pandemic rules regarding telehealth visits have been temporarily suspended. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has an established Telehealth Working Group to further evaluate the impacts this new technology could have on improving injured employee’s access to care and speed of medical care for certain work-related injuries.

Abbie Hudgins is the Administrator of the State of Tennessee’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Bureau includes the state of Worekrs’ Compensation Claims, Appeals Board, Mediation Program, Ombudsman Program, Uninsured Employer’s Fund, the Drug Free Workplace Program, and several other worker injury related programs.

Prior to leading the Bureau, Abbie served as risk manager for the Nashville and Davidson County Metropolitan Government and a risk and benefits manager for the City of Knoxville.

Aug 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CDT

Jerry Durham, Assistant Director, Division of Local Government Audit, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury

CARES ACT Guidance


The federally approved CARES Act included payments to state and local governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to assist with the financial impact of COVID-19.  Through the CRF, Tennessee was allocated more than $2.6 billion.  $115 million of the state’s allocation is being directed to local governments based on a $15 per capita basis. This presentation will address issues related to the federal funds the state has allocated to local governments including what expeditures qualify for the funds and how to apply for the funding.

View a bio of Jerry Durham here

August 19, 2020 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm CDT

Mauricio Velasquez

Diversity Today: Being More Inclusive Tomorrow, A Template for Looking at Risk 

Current events demand risk managers to be more in tune with diversity and inclusion issues within their organization. Risk managers need to be able to anticipate and address emerging issues before risk levels reach dire proportions.

Have you taken time to evaluate how your organization looks at diversity and inclusion issues?

How does your entity anticipate these issues?

Is your organization responding by reacting to issues or are you proactively addressing diversity and inclusion?

During this engaging webinar, a template for addressing these issues will be presented and discussed. This session will also cover unconscious biases and uncovering your blind spots. Mauricio Velasquez is a nationally recognized speaker and author serving as a diversity and inclusion strategist, consultant, and trainer. He speaks frequently on topics like respectful workplaces, employee engagement / trust, unconscious bias, and diversity and inclusion. Mauricio believes that if you respect all differences in your workplace, your people feel valued and respected, leading to higher engagement and performance.