Scott M. Colabella began his public service in 1982 as an Assistant to Governor Thomas H. Kean. From 1982 to 1986 Mr. Colabella served as Deputy Director and later Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Constituent Relations. In 1986 he was appointed by the Governor as Special Assistant to Glenn R. Paulsen, Director of the State Division of Motor Vehicles. In 1988 Colabella was a candidate for U.S. Congress in the Republican Primary for the Third Congressional District. From 1989 to 1993 he served as Executive Director of the Ocean County Republican Organization. Mr. Colabella was appointed as Executive Assistant to Ocean County Clerk M. Dean Haines in 1993 and served in that position for nearly eleven years until his appointment as Deputy County Clerk on January 1, 2004. Mr. Colabella served as Ocean County Deputy Clerk for seven years before his election in 2010 as County Clerk.
Deputy County Clerk Colabella graduated from Rider University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He is a member of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ). He is a former County Committeeman. In 1981, he served as an Intern in the Washington Congressional Office of the Hon. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ District 4).
In 2006 the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) named Deputy County Clerk Colabella as the recipient of the Rita M. Rosenberg Memorial Award for his past and future years of dedicated service and hard work to advance the ideals, principles and philosophy of COANJ.
Mr. Colabella is a resident of the Borough of Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northlight Harbor Condominium Association. He is the son of the late Alfred V. and Betty M. Colabella. He has one sister, Edith Colabella-Kolodziej and two brothers, Alfred V. III and Robert, four nephews and three nieces.