BRADENTON, Fla. — Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Angel Colonneso recently joined 66 clerks from across the state for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers 2017 fall conference.
The conference, which was held Oct. 10-13, in Orlando, covered a variety of management aspects and disciplines related to the 1,000 statutory functions performed by the Manatee County Clerk’s Office and its counterparts.
Over the course of the four days, Colonneso attended a general session, an executive session and several classes related to confidentiality laws, filing and technology and system updates, among other aspects.
“It’s a time for us to all get together in one location and decide on matters that concern all clerks,” said Colonneso. “There’s so much information out there, and this gives us an opportunity to learn more about the decisions made on the state level that affect all of us.”
During the conference, which was themed in recognition of domestic violence awareness month, Colonneso also was presented with a certificate for completing 240 hours of training related to legal, budget, finance and court operations as required by statute, recognizing her as a certified clerk of the circuit court.
Colonneso began the program in the fall of 2015 and finished in June. To maintain her certification, Colonneso must complete an additional 36 hours every year, which can be obtained through classes and conferences.
“It’s an enormous responsibility,” Colonneso said of her position. “I already knew that going in and this just solidifies it. It wasn’t a surprise to me. This just reinforces the enormous responsibility that clerks have in their communities.”
In addition to serving as the Manatee County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, Colonneso also is the secretary for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers executive committee and the chair of the communications committee. She also serves on the CLERICUS committee, which handles the Florida Clerks case maintenance system, the strategic planning committee for the Florida Clerks Association and the justice partners committee.
About the Manatee County Clerk’s Office
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller as a public trustee, independently elected to protect public funds and public records while executing the functions of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Comptroller, Treasurer and Auditor, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners and County Recorder. The Clerk oversees a staff of more than 275 people, responsible for performing nearly 1,000 constitutional or statutory functions or duties, representing the broadest and most diverse mantle of responsibility of any locally elected official. The citizens of Manatee County elect the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller to a term of four years. Currently, Angelina M. Colonneso serves as the Clerk of the Court. For more information, call 941-749-1800 or visit www.ManateeClerk.com.