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Sheriff Charles R. Wells (R)

Manatee | View All Sheriffs

County Details

  • County Seat: Bradenton
  • Population: 399,710


AS degree, criminal justice, Columbia Southern University.


Florida Highway Patrol, 21 years; Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, five years; Chief of Police at Palmetto Police Department, five years; elected Sheriff of Manatee County, 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

Honors and Affiliations

Manatee County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 1991; Manatee County Whitey Knutsen Award, 1991; Unidos Now Visionary Award, 2012; Manatee County NAACP Humanitarian Award, 2014; Edgar H. Price, Jr. Humanitarian Award, 2016; executive director, Manatee County Police Athletic League (PAL); chairperson, Manatee County Law Enforcement Council; board member, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches; board member, North Manatee Kiwanis; board member, Law Enforcement Advisory Board for the Manatee Technical College; board member, Replay Advisory Council and Strength in Action; past service to the Boys Scouts of America, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Manatee Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and North Manatee Storm Football.