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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes proudly announces Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello has been named chief of the County Clerks and Registers Division of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ).

Sollami Covello was recently nominated for the position by her peers, County Clerks and Registers throughout the state of New Jersey, and was officially sworn in September 25, 2008. COANJ is the State organization of county officials including Sheriffs, County Clerks, Surrogates, and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages. Members of COANJ are directly elected by the people in the State of New Jersey.

"Having Paula elected to this position is an honor for Mercer County," Hughes said. "I am confident in her abilities and know that she will provide the best service she can to COANJ and to the people of New Jersey."

As the newly elected Chief County Clerk of New Jersey, Sollami Covello will be responsible for organizing the agendas and acting as chairwoman at the meetings of the twenty-one County Clerks and Registers throughout the State. Paula began her duties serving as chairwoman of the recent Clerks and Registers Section Meeting at the COANJ Annual Conference.

The Clerks and Registers Division of COANJ works to establish a cooperative effort among the County Clerks and Registers of Deeds and Mortgages across New Jersey, improving public services and opening communication to discuss matters related to methods of filing, recording, indexing, and preserving critical records. In addition, the department advocates for legislation that affects the duties and requirements of County Clerks in the State of New Jersey.

To learn more about the Mercer County Clerks Office visit the county website at www.mercercounty.org and click on "Clerk".