Notice Regarding Book/Page Numbers in the Manatee County Clerk’s Official Records
Beginning January 1, 2020, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will no longer assign Book and Page numbers to documents recorded in Official Records. The Clerk will continue assigning consecutive Instrument Numbers as the official register numbers to reflect the order in which documents have been recorded. For historical purposes, documents recorded prior to January 1, 2020, will remain indexed and searchable by Book and Page. If you create or use forms that reference Book and Page numbers, you should modify those forms to capture or reference Instrument Numbers for any documents recorded on or after January 1, 2020. Recorded plat maps will continue to receive Book and Page numbers.

Inspector General Frequently Asked Questions

Inspector General Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is the primary function of the Division of Inspector General?

The primary function of the Division of Inspector General is to perform financial, compliance and operational audits of Departments under the Board of County Commissioners and other agencies receiving funds from the Board of County Commissioners. The Inspector General provides independent, objective assurance and consulting services which are designed to add value and improve the operations of Manatee County Government. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

2) How can I get a copy of an audit report?

Copies of audit reports can be either reviewed on-line or a hard copy can be mailed or picked up at the Inspector General’s office located in the Courthouse at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, 941-741-4017.

3) Does the Division of Inspector General audit other Constitutional Offices?

Our jurisdiction is limited solely to the Board of County Commissioners. However, if other Constitutional Officers such as the Sheriff, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Election, Property Appraiser or the Clerk of the Circuit Court would like to use our services, they may do so by written request.

4) What standards do you audit under?

Our audits are performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

5) What other services does the Inspector General provide?

Our Department can also provide investigative services in cases of alleged fraud, abuse, or county employee or vendor misconduct. Our investigations are performed in accordance with the Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General issued by the Association of Inspectors General. We may also provide research of industry standards or other departmental assistance defined by the requesting department.

6) How can I report employee misconduct, vendor abuse or County waste and abuse?

The Inspector General maintains an anonymous hotline for employees, as well as the general public, to report County fraud, waste,abuse, and employee misconduct. The hotline is designed for callers to leave a message where they can either remain anonymous or leave their contact information. The hotline phone number is 941-742-5938. Information can also be reported through the  Clerk's Inspector General Department web page. If callers would like to speak directly to an auditor, they may do so by calling 941-741-4017.

7) Who evaluates the Division of Inspector General?

As part of the auditing standards, our department is evaluated by independent auditors once every three to five years. These audits are called Quality Assurance Reviews. Our most recent review reports are available on the website; previous reports are available upon request.

8) What is the size of the Inspector General staff?

Our department is staffed with six auditors.

9) What are the qualifications of t the Inspector General staff?

Our highly trained and experienced staff is made up of  Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Certified Fraud Examiners, and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Contact Inspector General
Fax: 941-741-4072
Supervisor: Lori Stephens
Supervisor Title: Inspector General
Mailing Address
Attn: Inspector General
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
Physical Address
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205