Meet the Clerk

Angel Colonneso is the 18th Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller. She is the first woman to serve as the Clerk in Manatee County. Ms. Colonneso earned her A.A. degree from Manatee Community College (now known as State College of Florida), her B.A. degree from the University of South Florida, and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from New England School of Law.

As a lifelong resident of Manatee County, Ms. Colonneso has over 30 years of public service to the County. She started working in the Clerk's office while attending college in 1990. She later left to attend law school in Boston, MA, working for the Clerk's office during her summer breaks. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Colonneso worked as an Assistant State Attorney under Earl Moreland. For over 11 years, she prosecuted numerous crimes, including Gang Violence; Homicide; Serial Rapist; and DUIs. Later, she became General Counsel to her predecessor, Mr. Chips Shore, after asking her to return to the Manatee Clerk's Office as part of his succession plan.

In 2015, Ms. Colonneso was appointed as Clerk and Comptroller of Manatee County by then-Governor Rick Scott upon the death of her predecessor.

Currently, Ms. Colonneso is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers Association, is a member of several committees, and participates in many educational presentations for Clerks statewide. Additionally, she is a Florida Supreme Court appointee to both the Florida Courts Technology Commission and a workgroup of the Judicial Management Council. In the past, Ms. Colonneso has served as a Senate Appointee to the Clerk of Courts Operations Corporation.

Ms. Colonneso is an active member of the community. She is a member of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Board of Leadership Manatee Alumni, and the Manatee County Bar Association, where she has served as both a Director and an Officer. In addition, she is very active in numerous service projects around the community.

Ms. Colonneso has been featured in Next Gen Magazine and on ABC 7's Amazing Women of the Suncoast.