Clerk's Blog

The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's office has a long and interesting history. Check back here for fun little details about our office it's history and some of the people who currently and have serve Manatee County through the years.

Teen Court and Teen Court Too diversionary program gives Manatee County students glimpse at criminal justice reform
Monday, April 1, 2019 --

Kelley Thompson is a firm believer in the power of a second chance.

From the moment she first walked into the Manatee County Judicial Center as a teen volunteer for Manatee County’s Teen Court and Teen Court Too, Kelley has been focused on holding defendants accountable for their actions in the hopes of deterring them from making the same mistake twice.

With a passion for the judicial system, pa…

Pursuing dreams of a higher education
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 --

Shanice Graduation PhotoFor Shanice Mays, earning her master’s degree in criminal justice administration while serving the public as an employee in the criminal fines department went hand in hand. Working a full-time position while pursuing dreams of a higher education may seem daunting to some, but to Shanice, it was yet another opportunity to prove that she could do it.

Shanice received her bachelor’s degree and start…

Angel Colonneso’s life has come full circle since being named Manatee County’s first female Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 --

Angel Colonneso has a hand in every major milestone in the lives of Manatee County residents.

If you get married, buy a home or suffer a death in the family, Angel is responsible for making sure every event is recorded.

As Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Manatee County, Angel and her staff of more than 275 people are responsible for performing nearly 1,000 constitutional and statu…

Manatee County Historic Courthouse is a wealth of quirky knowledge
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 --

A pewter gumball machine filled with brightly colored marbles stood quietly in the Manatee County Historic Courthouse patiently waiting for someone to ask the one question that was on everyone’s mind.

Photo of Gumball Machines in the Historic Court House

Why marbles? What happened to all of the gumballs?

With each passing week, Angel Colonneso, who worked as a deputy clerk for former Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller R.B. “C…