TRENTON, NJ -- In an apparent nod to her professionalism, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello was sworn in as the new vice president of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) at the organization's annual installment dinner held at The Westin in Greater Princeton on Thursday.  

Covello was chosen for the leadership position by her peers in the organization which is made up of County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages who serve in all 21 counties of New Jersey.   She previously served as secretary and chief clerk of COANJ and on various committees through the years.

“I’m so humbled to be entrusted to serve in a leadership role in an organization that does so much for New Jersey,” said the Mercer County Clerk. “Being the Vice President is an honor, and I will look forward to help shape the agenda for the future of the organization by working with the members of COANJ or the residents of our state.”

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The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey was founded in 1920 “to establish a cooperative effort among the Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates and Registers of Deeds among the 21 counties of the State of New Jersey to improve services rendered to their respective constituencies.”  County Clerks play a pivotal role in elections, land records management, legal documents, law enforcement, and many other governmental procedures in the state, while surrogates probate wills and estates, and sheriffs are instrumental in protecting citizens and courts.

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