California JPIA Staff Members Receive Service Awards

The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) congratulates four staff members who celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2020: Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull, 25 years; Training Manager Joe Eynon, 15 years; Management Analyst Abe Han, five years; and Administrative Assistant Lyndsie Buskirk, five years. These capable professionals’ knowledge, experience, and dedication have established the Authority as a leader in the insurance pooling industry.

“I am particularly proud of the people with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work,” said Shull. “At this point in my career, I’m able to celebrate that I hired everyone who works at the Authority. It is a very thoughtful, passionate group of people who are truly dedicated to the members and their success.”

The California JPIA’s Executive Committee recognized Shull, Eynon, Han, and Buskirk with special service awards during its meeting on December 16, 2020.

Shull joined the Authority in 1995 and took the helm as chief executive officer in 2002. He celebrated 25 years of service and leadership in February of last year. Under his leadership, the Authority has transformed training from a simple member benefit to a holistic loss-prevention strategy, implemented a new prospective funding model that positioned the pool to maintain its strong financial position and provide stability to members, and earned Accreditation with Excellence by the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities and the Association of Governmental Risk Pools’ Advisory Standards Recognition.

Eynon, who joined the Authority in 2005, oversees all aspects of the Authority’s training program. During his tenure, training has played an integral role in supporting risk management and good governance, while technological advancements have enabled an innovative learning management system and enhanced training delivery resources.

Last November, Han commemorated five years of managing resources and coordinating programs that assist Authority members in areas ranging from sidewalk maintenance to ADA compliance. He also analyzes legislative action at the state level and informs members about key bills of interest by writing articles for the Authority’s monthly newsletter.

Buskirk, who also celebrated her fifth year with the Authority in 2020, provides support for executive and administrative operations including event logistics, marketing initiatives, and constituent relations. She is a publicly prominent agent of the California JPIA, upholding relationships with similarly minded organizations that support municipal agencies throughout the state.

“The Executive Committee and Board of Directors are grateful for the dedication and commitment of our employees,” said Executive Committee President Margaret Finlay. “Surely their experience will continue to keep us at the top of our industry. Congratulations to all of them for a job well done.”

Congratulations, Jon, Joe, Abe, and Lyndsie, and thank you for your service!

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 120 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