Paula Sollami Covello, Esq., Mercer County Clerk was elected to her third term of office in 2015, after taking office in January, 2006. Mrs. Covello is an Attorney-at-Law, who is admitted to practice in New Jersey (and previously in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC). She spent the majority of her career working in government, first in the Governor's Office as a Policy Advisor and in the New Jersey Department of Education, serving as the first Executive Director of the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, and in the Department's Controversies & Disputes office writing legal opinions. She also previously worked as an Assistant County Counsel member for Mercer County.
As County Clerk, Mrs. Covello has made many positive changes to the Office of the County Clerk. Among these are her implementation of the electronic recording of land records, her work to preserve historic land documents in the Clerk's Records Library, putting an end to a lengthy lawsuit against Mercer County by eliminating a backlog in the recording of land records, and instituted a new computer system with online record search capability. She also, expanded passport services to the Mercer County Connection, Mercer County's satellite office in Hamilton Township, and has taken passport services to various municipalities throughout Mercer County. She has also increased vote-by-mail participation throughout Mercer County by increasing outreach to constituents. Mrs. Covello also offers notary education classes and a class in conjunction with Mercer County Community College on how to search the Public Record room.
Mrs. Covello graduated from Ewing High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a double major in English and Communication Arts. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law in Boston, where she was Editor-in-Chief of her law school newspaper and has written numerous articles and research papers.
In 2009, County Clerk Sollami-Covello served as Section Chief for the County Clerks of New Jersey after being selected by her peers. Most recently, in 2014 Covello was elected Director at Large of the Recorders' Division for IACREOT (International Association of Clerks Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers) and has also served on the Clerk's Committee for IACREOT for 10 years, where she was a featured panelist on E-Recording at its international conference in 2011.
The Mercer County Clerk is active in civics and in her community, having served on the Lawrence Township Planning Board and on the Democratic Township Committee. She has served in leadership positions with the New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, the Mercer County Heartwalk Executive Committee, and Womanspace Honorary Committee. Mrs. Covello enjoys membership in the Mercer County Bar Association, the Lawrence League of Women Voters, Sons of Italy Association, Ben Franklin Swim Club, and was formerly with the ESF Camp Executive Board, as well as a troop mother to Lawrence Township Brownie Troop 2170.
Her hobbies include swimming, reading, traveling, cooking, spending time with family and cheering on her daughters in various sporting events.
Mrs. Covello is the daughter of former Mercer County Freeholder and attorney Paul J. Sollami and Roseann (Bruno) Sollami. Mrs. Covello and her husband John A. Covello reside in Lawrence Township New Jersey with their two daughters.