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Thirty minutes is all it took for Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Angel Colonneso and Bradenton Chief of Police Melanie Bevan to change a life.

For the past two years, the two Manatee County public figures have been co-mentoring a female student as part of Take Stock in Children of Manatee County’s scholarship and mentoring program.

Once a week during the school year, Angel or Melanie meet with the student, who will be a junior at the State College of Florida Collegiate School this fall, to discuss academics, share ideas and advice and to provide support and encouragement.

“I really wanted to make a difference in a student’s life,” says Angel. “It can be very overwhelming for some students as they think about their future. If I could help a student and guide them on a successful path it would be a wonderful feeling.”


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Angel Colonneso has a hand in every major milestone in the lives of Manatee County residents.

If you get married, buy a home or suffer a death in the family, Angel is responsible for making sure every event is recorded.

As Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Manatee County, Angel and her staff of more than 275 people are responsible for performing nearly 1,000 constitutional and statutory functions, including recording life events, handling public safety issues and overseeing county spending.

“There’s a lot of personal responsibility and accountability that comes with this office, but I really enjoy being clerk,” says Angel. “I absolutely love my job. Not many people can say they’ve worked one job they love let alone two or three.”

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A pewter gumball machine filled with brightly colored marbles stood quietly in the Manatee County Historic Courthouse patiently waiting for someone to ask the one question that was on everyone’s mind.

Why marbles? What happened to all of the gumballs?

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