As an officer of a court of justice, the Clerk & Comptroller supports the county's criminal, civil and juvenile courts by processing, filing and recording the court records and seal. The Clerk & Comptroller is responsible for maintaining the integrity of all court records. In Manatee County, the Florida Supreme Court has authorized the additional responsibility of providing electronic access to court records in accordance with Administrative Order.
Comptroller, Treasurer and Auditor
The Clerk of the Circuit Court's authority as an elected county officer with responsibility as auditor and custodian and chief financial officer of all county funds requires the Clerk & Comptroller to serve a ‘check and balances' function on behalf of taxpayers. The Clerk & Comptroller also invests and earns revenues on county funds to offset the tax burden on Manatee County's taxpayers.
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
As Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller prepares and maintains the records of Manatee County Commission and 14 other Board meetings and makes the records available electronically to the public.
As the official County Recorder of instruments, the Clerk & Comptroller maintains the County's Official Records, including real or personal property transactions; marriage licenses; notices of lis pendens; judgments entered by a Florida court or any United States court which jurisdiction in this state; military discharges; tax liens and releases thereof; other instruments required or authorized by law to be recorded. The Clerk & Comptroller also oversees the Manatee County Historical Records Library with Official Records dating back to the 1850s.
Other Duties and Services
In Manatee County, the Clerk & Comptroller also administers the county's Child Support Enforcement program, which collects over $27 million annually for our county's children, Manatee County Teen Court and Teen Court Too program, the county's only diversionary program for first time, youthful offenders who admit their guilt, and our Violence Protection Advocacy Program, which provides assistance for victims seeking protective orders.
The Clerk & Comptroller's office also issues marriage licenses, performs marriage ceremonies and processes passport applications.