OMAG Recognition Program

This program is available to members with active coverage through the OMAG Municipal Liability Protection Plan (MLPP).  OMAG believes the best run cities and towns have fewer claims and the claims they incur cost less money to resolve.  The OMAG Recognition Program seeks to strengthen municipal governance and reduce claims through education and self-assessment.

Benefits

Members who gain OMAG Recognition are awarded a check in an amount that is based on the member's premium charged for the current plan year.

Criteria

To gain OMAG Recognition governing bodies must certify through official action (Resolution and certified meeting minutes) that once during each fiscal year:

  • each governing body member received OMAG prescribed training – either in person or by distance learning (approved training listed in FAQs) 
  • the governing body either adopted/updated/reviewed their governing body handbook (sample handbook here
  • the governing body completed and reviewed the Stability Test to audit its performance (Stability Test and Scorecard here)
  • the governing body reviewed its MLPP Declarations page and Explanation of Coverage page (Explanation of Coverage here)

Use the links above to find/download a sample handbook, the Stability Test, and an Explanation of Coverage page.

Your MLPP Declarations page is unique to your municipality and will be found in your policy documents, mailed to you when your policy most recently renewed.

Note that, to be eligible for an award, your municipality must be current in premium payment and must not have been cancelled due to non-payment in the previous 2 years.

If your questions aren't answered in the Frequently Asked Questions below, contact Bill Tackett at (800) 234-9461 or btackett@omag.org.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) -

Question: When can a municipality apply for OMAG Recognition?

Answer: After the four steps outlined in the OMAG Recognition Program criteria have been completed.

Question: Can the award be received more than one time?

Answer: YES!  We encourage you to complete the four steps/apply for Recognition every year.

Question: How do I document the governing body has completed the required steps to be eligible to gain OMAG Recognition and apply for the award?

Answer: Place on the governing body’s agenda a Resolution documenting completion of the required steps to be eligible to gain OMAG Recognition.  Send the adopted Resolution and a copy of certified minutes from the meeting at which action was taken to adopt the Resolution and approve the minutes (all members must be present at this meeting) to Bill Tackett, OMAG, 3650 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73013.

Question: What qualifies as OMAG prescribed training?

Answer: OMAG prescribed training includes in-person and online training from OMAG (including our online training partner LocalGovU) and/or OML, Mayors Council of Oklahoma, CMAO, OMCTFOA, MESO or National League of Cities training.

Question: Do all governing body members have to receive OMAG prescribed training during the current fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) in order for our municipality to be eligible to achieve Recognition?

Answer:  Yes.

Question: Do the governing body members have to receive OMAG prescribed training together at the same time?

Answer: No, but all must receive OMAG prescribed training during the current fiscal year for the municipality to be eligible to achieve Recognition.

 Question: We have filled an unexpired term on our governing body.  The incumbent completed OMAG prescribed training prior to resigning their seat but the appointed person has not received OMAG prescribed training.  Is our municipality eligible to achieve Recognition?

Answer: Not until the newly-appointed person receives training.  Online training is always available through our partnership with LocalGovU.

Question:  We have a vacant seat on our governing body which won’t be filled immediately.  All other governing body members have received the prescribed training and we’ve completed all of the four steps.  Are we eligible to receive Recognition?

Answer:  YES!

Question: How do I get a sample governing body handbook?

Answer: Click here.

Question: How do I get a copy of the Stability Test?

Answer: Click here.

Question:  How do I get a copy of the Explanation of Coverage to review?

Answer:  Click here.

Question:  Where do I find a copy of our MLPP Declarations Page?

Answer:  This can be found in your MLPP policy documents, which were mailed to your municipality at policy renewal.  These are typically kept by the city or town Clerk.

Question: Who should take the Stability Test?

Answer: At a minimum, all governing body members must complete the form.  A best practice is to have two or three groups of individuals take the test to rate the municipality.  These groups could include governing body members, senior municipal leadership (clerk, manager, department heads) and appointed members of committees and commissions (such as library, planning and zoning, authorities, etc.)

Question: How much money can my municipality receive once we quality for the OMAG Recognition Program?

Answer: Members who gain OMAG Recognition are awarded a check to spend on any legal municipal purpose.  The amount awarded is based on the Municipal Liability Protection Plan premium charged for the current plan year.  Contact Bill Tackett, Director Risk Management Services, at (800) 234-9461 or btackett@omag.org to see how much money your municipality is eligible to receive.

Question: My municipality is interested in purchasing individual body worn cameras for our police department, or a sanitary sewer line video camera, or safety related equipment for our public works department.  I see that OMAG has grants for these purchases.  Can I apply my check towards those purchases to offset the cost in addition to receiving an OMAG grant?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Why is OMAG so awesome?

Answer: Great members make for a great organization.