Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon Corporation, has formed a Public Entity practice to address and work to fulfill increased demand among state governments, counties, towns, special districts and public schools for specialized risk advice and services.

According to the Aon, the Public Entity practice will provide specialty brokerage, consulting, risk control, claims services and construction-related products for public entities.

Aon said William Becker, who previously managed sales for Aon’s Capitol offices, will lead the new practice.

Becker has over 20 years of experience providing risk consulting services to government entities, and designing and implementing hundreds of risk management programs for all types of government and quasi-government bodies, including airports, transit systems, public school systems, and water and sewer authorities.

In addition to Becker, Carleen Patterson, Steven Kahn and Jose Peralta also joined the Public Entity practice.

Aon Risk Solutions national industry practice group leader John Willett said risks in the municipal sector are unlike those in any other industry, and special attention is required to effectively mitigate threats.

"In this troubled economy, municipalities see the value of having a dedicated team of risk experts to help manage tremendous exposures, such as those facing police and firefighters, high concentration and unique property portfolios, and risks of injury to the employee base," Willett said.