Chief Judge Daniel Hovland of the U.S. District Court announced Oct. 2 that Edward Klecker, the Clerk of the Court, has announced his retirement from federal service effective January 1, 2007, after serving nearly 23 years in that position.
Klecker served as the Director of Institutions for the State of North Dakota from 1973 to 1981, and worked as an administrator for the Department of Community Medicine, UND School of Medicine, as part of a court monitor team involved with a class action suit on services provided to developmentally disabled citizens.
Klecker was a recipient of a prestigious national award, the "Directors Award for Administrative Excellence," from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in 1991.
Judge Hovland said that during Klecker's tenure as clerk, the District of North Dakota has experienced unprecedented growth, and has been a leader in the use of automation and interactive television to manage and streamline the court operations.
Hovland said that on a national level, the District enjoys a reputation as an efficient and cost-effective court operation, due in large part to the efforts of Klecker whom he described as an "extremely valuable employee and a real asset to the federal court in North Dakota." He noted that Klecker has served on several national committees representing smaller and medium-sized courts for the purpose of providing guidance and direction to the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Hovland said that the Federal District Court will miss Klecker and wish him only the best on his pending retirement. A public recognition event honoring Ed Klecker is planned for December 20, 2006, in Bismarck.
Oct. 2, 2006