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In Florida, local government is divided into two main categories: county governments and municipal governments. Manatee County government consists of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Manatee Sheriff's Office, the Tax Collector, the Property Appraiser and the Supervisor of Elections.
Manatee County's constitutional officers include:
- The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller was established by the Florida Constitution as a public trustee, independently elected to protect public funds and public records while executing the functions of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Comptroller, Treasurer and Auditor, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners and County Recorder.
- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Manatee County.
- The Tax Collector is responsible for collecting various taxes and fees for local and state government.
- The Property Appraiser maintains Manatee County's land records.
- The Supervisor of Elections provides the security and integrity of the electoral process by maintaining accurate voter registration files, conducting elections and vote counts and encouraging voter participation in all levels of government.