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A person charged with the management or direction of a board, a court, or a government agency.

A commissioner has the power and responsibility to administer laws or rules that relate to a specific subject matter over which he or she has authority. Generally, he or she is appointed specially, as in the case of a commissioner of court.

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2 a lawyer in Scotland appointed to take evidence out of court.
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COMMISSIONER, officer. One who has a lawful commission to execute a public office. In a more restricted sense it is one who is authorized to execute. a particular duty, as, commissioner of the revenue, canal commissioner. The term when used in this latter sense is not applied, for example, to a judge. There are commissioners, too, who have no regular commissions and derive their author from the elections held by the people. County commissioners, in Pennsylvania, are officers of the latter kind.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The commissioner office also issued numbers on which complaints could be registered that included commissioner office control room 021-99205634, deputy Commissioner South 99205628, deputy commissioner East 99230918, deputy commissioner west 99333175, deputy commissioner central 99260049, deputy commissioner Malir 99333788, deputy commissioner Korangi 99333926.
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