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Ross Colona

Assistant Director
Local Government Finance

Ross Colona is an Assistant Director in the Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of Local Government and serves as Technical Secretary to the Utility Management Review Board and the Water & Wastewater Financing Board. Ross leads the Comptroller’s oversight of local government water, wastewater, and natural gas utilities across Tennessee. He is also responsible for overseeing the preparation and presentation of all materials to both boards and provides assistance to utilities on a variety of technical, managerial and financial issues. Ross also provides training to local government officials across the state, and he assists customers who have utility-related complaints.

Ross joined the Comptroller’s Office as a utilities specialist in 2019. He previously worked as the political director for Congressman John Rose’s initial campaign. Ross has also served as part of the Comptroller’s Legislative Team and provides utility-related research and support to Tennessee legislators.

Ross is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received a Master of Public Administration from American University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is working to complete his Master of Science in Financial Technology from Kennesaw State University.

Ross and his wife Laiken live in Davidson County with their three dogs, Rambo, Frank, and Sprout. He is passionate about cooking and enjoys making homemade pasta. In his spare time, he also enjoys woodworking, building computers, flying his drone, and video games.