Probation Division

While first protecting the public, the Manatee County Probation Division is committed to providing ethical, compassionate supervision and monitoring of defendants placed under our charge by the courts in Manatee County. To the best of our ability, we will follow the directives of the court and serve as the conduit between the courts and the many agencies that serve the criminal justice community in our county. 


Office Location
Manatee County Judicial Center
1051 Manatee Avenue West
Hensley Wing, 5th Floor
Bradenton, Florida 

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000

Phone: (941) 749-3051

Fax: (941) 742-5886 

Probation Division Brochure

Neighborhood Services Director
Ava Ehde

Probation Services Manager
Jennifer B. Burgh

Chief Probation Officer
Dana L. McMahon

Chief of Pretrial Services
Michael Rogers

Pre-Trial Intervention Specialist
Willanthia "Willa" Browdy

Offender Work Program
Mike Miranda

Manatee County Pretrial and Probation division achieves a unique dual accreditation

Manatee County Pretrial Release has become one of three Florida agencies to achieve state accreditation for both pretrial and probation services through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission.

An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation.

Now, law enforcement agencies and Inspectors General in Florida can attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. Correctional facilities and agencies with pretrial responsibilities can achieve accredited status through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.

Accreditation has helped county operations become more streamlined and consistent and it assures employees that every aspect of the agency’s personnel system is in compliance with professional standards.

Manatee County's four probation officers screen approximately 300 clients per month for pretrial release, so clients who cannot afford bond will not be required to stay in jail. Manatee's 15 probation officers supervise an average of 1,200 clients per month, on pretrial release and misdemeanor probation.