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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.

See: caretaker, deputy, functionary, incumbent


2 a lawyer in Scotland appointed to take evidence out of court.

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.

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Ms Villiers said: The Sentence Review Commissioners have an important and challenging role.
Additional deputy commissioner Peshawar Ahmed Jan Afridi appointed as Secretary interior while 25 assistant commissioners including deputy commissioner and secretaries have been changed.
Muhammad Usman Tanveer, PAS (BS-17) Assistant Commissioner (UT) Thatta has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Gorabaro, district Thatta, said a statement on Thursday.
For the second time in four years, the Borough Commissioners have been rotated to "further standardize plan review operations and streamline the construction project approval process citywide.
Daddow, speaking in support of this legislation, was present along with county commissioners from across Michigan to support these bills which will make future mandates optional if no funding is provided, streamline the process for Headlee challenges and require all bill analyses to attach a fiscal note which details the cost of proposed legislation to local units of government.
Appointed Arkansas insurance commissioner in January 2005.
For the past two years, the Planning Commission has been comprised of four commissioners appointed by district and one commissioner selected citywide or at-large.
On the first of November, former Chairman Ann Brown, as she had previously indicated, resigned her post, which meant that the Commission was left with only two Commissioners, which was one less than the quorum of three required.
In 1871, the board of commissioners appointed an agent to persuade the railroad to pass through Union County rather than adjacent territory.
In addition, time is an issue; it took until February 2001 for the commissioners to hear and deny Stokes's petition.
Broader organizational controls for protecting privacy, notably the roles of privacy commissioners and organizational privacy policies, are also addressed in the following sections.

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