Meet the Clerk

Angelina (Angel) M. Colonneso is a lifelong resident of Manatee County, Florida. She attended Jessie P. Miller Elementary, is a graduate of St. Joseph’s School and later graduated from Manatee High School in 1986. While she was in High School and college, she worked for Bealls Department Store and was the first scholarship recipient of the Robert M. Beall Sr. Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship. Angel earned her Associate of Arts degree from Manatee Community College in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1991 where she was inducted into the National Criminal Justice Honor Society as well as Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She received her Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000. While attending New England School of Law, she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Criminal Procedure.  Graduating in the top third of her class, Angel was named to the Dean's List during four consecutive semesters of schooling.

Angel has nearly 30 years of public service to Manatee County. She served as an Assistant State Attorney under Earl Moreland for over a decade, prosecuting numerous crimes including gang violence, homicides, and DUIs, with over half of her years of public service being with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, serving in multiple departments, including serving as General Counsel to her predecessor, R.B. “Chips” Shore.

Angel has been a member of the Manatee County Bar Association since 2000, having served as both a Director and an Officer. She is a member of the Manatee Memorial Hospital Women’s Action Committee, Bradenton Kiwanis Club and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and has served on the board of the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Manatee County Historical Commission. Her other community activities include: Take Stock in Children – Mentor; Project Teach, sponsored by the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce; Manatee County Mock Trial competition panel judge; Trial Judge for Teen Court; Manatee County History Fair judge; she has also volunteered for various community events and projects involving Habitat for Humanity, Dive Into Reading, Bill Galvano One-Stop Center, Speaking of Women's Health and Visible Men Academy; Kids Against Hunger; Christmas in August; and Better Manatee Day. She is a 2012-2013 graduate of Leadership Manatee.

Angel was recently elected by her peers around the state to serve as President on the Executive Board of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptroller’s Association and is active in many of the Association’s committees including the Legislative Committee, Justice Partners Committee; Strategic Planning Committee, and serves as Chair of the Clericus Workgroup as well as the Education Committee. She has also served on various Best Practices Committees of the Florida Clerk’s Association and has made presentations at both Clerk’s Conferences and the New Clerk’s Academy. She currently serves on the Access Governance Board, the Criminal Case Initiation Workgroup, and has served on the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, all subcommittees of the Florida Courts Technology Commission. Angel was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Florida Courts Technology Commission. Additionally, she was appointed by Senate President Bill Galvano to serve a two year term on the Executive Council of the Clerk of Court Operations Corporation. Angel was also featured on ABC 7 News - Amazing Woman of the Suncoast and in the Next Gen Magazine April/May 2018 issue.