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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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Texas: Jose Montemayor, Insurance Commissioner, 333 Guadalupe, Austin TX 78701, (512) 463-6464
I have made comments over the years that if I ever became a commissioner it would be either insurance or housing.
The Interior ministry is still grappling with the constitutional two third gender rule is the male dominated provincial administration with one woman as a regional commissioner and five as county commissioners.
Meanwhile, Ukang Wang has also been appointed as a Commissioner of Lafon County, Vigilio Bernard take up Torit West County, Claudio Opwonya as a kidepo valley Commissioner, Emma Albino Aworu task for Torit east County, Onek Benson Mark for Ayaci County and Dominic Oywee Paul as Commissioner of Eriya County.
If they refuse the remaining commissioners and Comelec senior officials, senior staff, and field officials can do it; we can run the upcoming elections.
Additional Assistant Commissioner Syed Shah Zaib arrested Additional Assistant Commissioner 27 from Saddar area.
The Sentence Review Commissioners primary job is the consideration of applications for accelerated release within the terms of the Act.
Moreover additional commissioner Malakand, Akram Ullah appointed as additional commissioner Mardan.
Each Borough Commissioner oversees the review of construction-related applications and plans in their respective boroughs.
Note: As of press time, commissioner position was subject to new appointment because of a change in governor.
Mayor Jim Ledford said he still believes it is in the city's best interest to continue with the policy enacted in June 2004 to appoint planning commissioners by district.

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