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BURGESS. A magistrate of a borough; generally, the chief officer of the corporation, who performs, within the borough, the same kind of duties which a mayor does in a city. In England, the word is sometimes applied to all the inhabitants of a borough, who are called burgesses sometimes it signifies the representatives of a borough in parliament.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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After the interview, Burgess climbed in the back of an SUV to confer with his deputy chief of staff, James "J.P." Paluskiewicz, on the ride back to his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Burgess said she was heartened to hear that vaccinations have bumped up sharply after Ronan's story appeared.
"Witnesses close to the two men heard a thud and a crack before Mr Burgess even hit the ground.
Burgess travelled with her two friends to Iowa, where they held a brief ceremony in the Atrium of the Council Bluffs Courthouse.
“Companies must harness the power of the social employee to brand from the inside out,” said Blue Focus Marketing CEO Cheryl Burgess. “Small startups and multinational giants alike have a responsibility to their employees to arm them with tools and cultural framework for success.
The Burgess family has been growing vegetables for decades and the Burgess Harvest Veg brand embodies the family's passion and knowledge for the fresh produce sector.
In the new role, Dr Burgess will report to the company's MB BChir FRCP senior vice president, Research, R&D, Francis Cuss, and will be a member of the Research Senior Leadership Team.
Apart from cataloguing the wide range of musical forms and genres in which Burgess worked, Phillips explores the ways Burgess's love for music shaped his writing, distinguishing him from contemporary writers/composers such as Paul Bowles and Bruce Montgomery, who regarded writing and composing as separate pursuits.
"Marc Burgess is a credit to our organization," said DAV National Adjutant Arthur H.
On council, Burgess championed issues such as affordable housing and roads as well as a smoking ban in restaurants and bars.
The cortege carrying the body of Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, inset, of 3 Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, en route from RAF Lyneham to Wootton Bassett Main picture: SGT IAN FORSYTH
"Several years ago we decided to put more emphasis on the hardware side of the store," says Burgess. "The PRO program introduced us to products that we had never stocked before.