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ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
     2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the peace. They are besides, in conjunction with the respective mayors or recorders, judges of the mayor's courts.
     3. Among the Saxons there was an officer called the ealderman. ealdorman, or aldernwn, which appellation signified literally elderman. Like the Roman senator, he was so called, not on account of his age, but because of his wisdom and dignity, non propter oetatem sed propter sapientism et dignitatem. He presided with the bishop at the scyregemote, and was, ex officio, a member of the witenagemote. At one time he was a military officer, but afterwards his office was purely judicial.
     4. There were several kinds of aldermen, as king's aldermen, aldermen of all England, aldermen of the county, aldermen of the hundred, &c., to denote difference of rank and jurisdiction.

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It is about time this stopped and voters elected councillors who cared for their constituents.
Mr Little said pension contributions were clearly a taxpayer-funded benefit for elected councillors, and should be clearly shown as part of the overall schedule of allowances.
Given such an unlikely situation would arise, it is a simple matter for central government to provide an Act of Parliament for such a incumbent to be removed by the High Court given an absolute majority of elected councillors submit a writ for the mayor's recall supported by credible non-party political evidence in open court.
Elected councillors and independent members sit on the police authority.
Locally elected councillors took account of all the evidence presented and made a decision that was in the best interests of Coventry and its citizens and now Tesco believes that this is unreasonable behaviour.
I READ Robin Ashby's sturdy and passionate defence in favour of status quo with elected councillors and feel some sympathy with his argument (Voice of the North, November 4).
A failure by elected councillors to listen to and recognise the scale of opposition and the flaws in these proposals will see the electorate's response at the ballot box.
Our elected councillors are based at Council House and therefore are generally in Birmingham during the working week.
The 100th meeting of the ACF Council in Melbourne saw recently elected Councillors determine a new Executive comprising Elaine Harding (Qld) Andrew Higham (WA), Warren Nicholls (ACT) and Katherine Wells (SA).
AS a nursery nurse on the picket line, it angers me to read your article about Pat Watters and his pay plea that all elected councillors in Scotland should 'enjoy' nationally agreed pay rates.
I still rather like the idea of elected councillors forming committees and discussing their decisions in public.
PML-Ns newly elected councillors pledged that they will come up to the expectations of the party leadership and of the people of Karachi.