Knox County Sheriff Don Henery is shown accepting his 2022 Special Recognition award from NIRMA Board of Directors Chairperson Larry Cerny at the program’s annual membership conference in Kearney on October 20.

Knox County Sheriff Don Henery received a Special Recognition Award from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA), the county’s property, liability and workers’ compensation coverage and risk management services provider.

Sheriff Henery was recognized during an awards banquet held in conjunction with the annual membership conference the organization presented Oct. 20-21 in Kearney for officials and employees in Nebraska counties and related public agencies that participate in the risk management and self-insurance program.

This was the second time that Sheriff Henery was chosen to receive a special recognition award from NIRMA, with the first being a separate Special Recognition Award in 2015. He was given a repeat honor for his consistent exceptional efforts to incorporate sound risk management and loss prevention principles into the operations of his office to reduce Knox County's exposure to liability.

Each year NIRMA honors those members and individuals who demonstrate a commitment to reducing potential risks, liability exposures and claim costs.

NIRMA was formed by 32 counties that joined together in 1988 to form Nebraska’s first risk management and self-insurance program for county governments.  Today, NIRMA serves 83 counties and 24 associated public entities.  Knox County joined the program in 1994.