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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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When a position opened for a city alderman, I applied and, thanks to my legal experience and business experience, I was selected as alderman for Ward 5 in the city of Annapolis.
Allen Webb is a city alderman and serves on the city's water/sewer committee.
The Trust, which is named after Bernard Alderson a city alderman in the 1930s, already owns 16 homes in Erdington.
Gatsas' personal knowledge of Guinta, having worked with him when Guinta was mayor for four years and Gatsas a city alderman from the same party, is notable, more for what it says about Guinta than what it says about Mahoney, at least in Gatsas' opinion.
During a 39-year political career, Emery-Wallis was also city Alderman and Hampshire County Council chairman.
Johnson was a former Worcester City Alderman and Councilor from 1939-1941, State Representative from 1947-1958 for the 17th Worcester District, and was an active member of the American Legion East Side 201, and the Greendale Dissabled American Veterans 319.
Patrick, a former city alderman who served on Coventry City Council for almost three decades, died in 1992 at the age of 90.
Another son, Herbert Thompson became a city alderman and treasurer and vice-president of University College, Cardiff.
Cabinet member for housing, Coun John Lines, formally handed over the land yesterday to Lord Mayor Coun Michael Wilkes, who is chairman of the trustees of the Alderson Trust, which is named after Bernard Alderson a city alderman in the 1930s.
Mr Kelly is a younger brother of the former city Alderman who died in June - a month after he suffered a mystery gunshot wound to the head.
Perhaps some annoyed city alderman had vented his frustration.
LAYTON Lougher, the 77year-old former Cardiff city alderman and wellknown lawyer, was a larger-than-life extrovert who loved life and was devoted to his family.