TAWAS CITY – Amy Klus, an intergovernmental child support clerk for the Iosco County Friend of the Court office, was honored by her peers with an award of professional excellence.
Klus received the award from the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association, and was presented with a plague during the Sept. 19 Iosco County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Iosco County Trial Court Administrator Carla Grezeszak said Klus was not nominated for the award by individuals in Iosco County, and said the award was to be given to Klus during an April conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., that Klus did not attend.
“It’s an impressive award, it came from her peers, and those are always the best kind, she was nominated by another county,” Grezeszak said.
According to Grezeszak, Klus is responsible for monitoring and coordinating child support orders that go across state lines for three counties, Iosco, Alcona and Oscoda counties.
Klus, who said she was honored and surprised to get the award, said she handles around 450 caseloads combined in the counties. She said there are 230 child support cases in Iosco County alone.
She said she works to get the orders through to different states so they are filed in courts there and payments are not missed from those who owe. She said there are cases in all 50 states and have been some that have gone international in some cases.
Klus said she started working in the Friend of the Court office in 2007, and started as a enforcement officer with the friend of the court in Iosco in 2007.
She said some colleagues from Arenac County nominated her for the award.
“When I looked at the big picture of it, it’s the Eastern Regional, so its of all the states on the east coast here, it’s all those states and all those counties.
Klus said she really loves her job and enjoys the challenge of it, and likes to help people.
“To me it is very rewarding,” she said. “We’re being responsible and helping families out and making things possible and getting the job done.”
Grezeszak said she is glad that Klus got the award, and said it’s a nice “feather in the cap” for the Friend of the Court.
“But more importantly, it’s a much-deserved award,” she said.