Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners, together with Manatee County's five constitutional officers, comprise Manatee County Government. The Board of County Commission establishes policy for County departments and appoints the County Administrator who carries out the day-to-day business of the County.

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Manatee County Board of County Commissioners

James Satcher
James Satcher
First Vice Chair, District 1
941-745-3701













Amanda Ballard
Amanda Ballard
District 2
941-745-3702


Kevin Van Ostenbridge
Kevin Van Ostenbridge
Chairman
District 3
941-745-3705









Mike Rahn
Mike Rahn
District 4
941-745-3713













Vanessa Baugh
 Vanessa Baugh
 District 5
941-745-3703













Jason Bearden
Jason Bearden
District 6 At Large
941-745-3704

George Kruse
 George Kruse
  District 7 At Large
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What do County Commissioners do?

The Board is the legislative branch and governing body of Manatee County Government. The Board legislates policy to protect the health, welfare, safety and quality of life of Manatee County residents.

The Board of County Commissioners is comprised of seven members. Five members are elected from single-member districts, and two are elected county-wide. Each district commissioner must reside in the district for which he or she seeks election.

County Commissioners have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Perform legislative functions of government by developing policy for the management of Manatee County
  • Disseminate information to the public through ordinances and resolutions
  • Approve the County's operating and capital budgets
  • Approve the County's Capital Improvement Program, which is a schedule of all County infrastructure projects
  • Take action on any programs to improve the County and the welfare of its residents
  • Appoint the County Administrator, County Attorney and numerous advisory and regulatory board members
  • Serve as the Port Authority
  • Serve on local, regional and state boards

More information about the powers and duties of the County Commissioners can be found in Florida Statute Chapter 125.01.