California JPIA 40th Anniversary Book Receives Award of Distinction

The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) has received an Award of Distinction for Internal Communications from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). The award recognizes the Authority’s 40th anniversary book.

“Effective communication is a fundamental element of public service,” said California JPIA Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “We are proud that our book, which celebrates the Authority’s first 40 years of service to its members, has been recognized by these distinguished experts.”

CAPIO is a professional organization that advances public sector communicators through training, resources, and networking. The organization’s members, representing agencies across all levels of government, engage their communities through honest and transparent communication.

CAPIO’s awards program is administered annually to honor outstanding public agency information and communications programs and to recognize creative and effective efforts that have made a lasting impact. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.

The Authority’s winning entry, awarded 95 points on a 100-point scale by a panel of impartial judges, was evaluated based on standard scoring criteria that included ratings for research, planning, implementation, and results and evaluation.

 “In this age of digital communications, I was impressed that your organization supported such a robust print deliverable,” noted one judge. “You were able to do so because you had a very sound communications strategy.”

The narrative for the commemorative volume, organized by decade and complemented by a detailed timeline of key milestones, was developed through a series of interviews with Authority staff and Executive Committee members. Archival photos, original sketches, and past newsletters provide memories of key leadership and special events. The template for the design, rooted in the Authority’s style guide, is accented with custom artwork based on a detail within ironwork on-site at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. The final book was produced in two versions, perfect-bound and hard cover, both enhanced with a gold foil stamp of the Authority’s logo, as well as 40th anniversary recognition.

“Our 40th anniversary book was prepared to honor those individuals and member agencies that founded and guided the organization in its infancy, expanded its programs and services, and charted its course for the future,” said Shull. “It sheds light on our organization’s history, its challenges, and its triumphs. Our member agencies have much to be proud of, and we have only just begun.”

To view the 40th anniversary book in a digital format, please visit the California JPIA About webpage.

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 100 member cities and other governmental agencies. Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive risk management training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at