Probation Services

Update to All Clients

Please contact your probation officer for reporting instructions prior to coming in. It is your responsibility to keep in touch with your probation officer. All probation officer contact numbers are listed on this website.

The Judicial Center public entrance hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Anyone who is sick should not enter the Courthouse. Symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, fever or chills, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell, may be indicative of COVID-19.

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 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. 

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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

Community & Veterans Services Deputy Director
Sarah Brown

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
Richard Garst

Manatee County Probation Services Achieves Pretrial and Probation Three-Year Reaccreditation for Second Consecutive Period

For Immediate Release (Bradenton, FL) - Manatee County Neighborhood Services is pleased to report that the Pretrial & Probation Division received unanimous approval this week by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission for three-year reaccreditation. This is the second time in a row that the Division has obtained certification, this time scoring 100% in compliance in all 78 applicable standards.

Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. The team went through a rigorous review process, made more cumbersome due to having to conduct it virtually.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public were invited to offer comments to the assessment team on August 5 and 6, 2020. The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals and toured.

Ava Ehde, Neighborhood Services Director, said an accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

“Our Pretrial and Probation division truly elevates the profession. We are proud of their continued commitment in serving our County through consistently high-quality service standards,” said Ehde.

Manatee County's team of nearly 30 consists of probation officers and assistants who provide supervision of misdemeanor probation cases, pretrial release, offender work program and pretrial intervention involving an average of 1,400 clients per month.