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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At the same time, it was decided to felicitate the newly elected councillors to encourage them for the overall development of Delhi.
People connected to the council should be cut but not our elected councillors.
Caerphilly council officers have also unilaterally submitted a formal response on behalf of Caerphilly County Borough Council to the Welsh Government consultation on waste, strongly opposing the separate collection of waste without obtaining approval of elected councillors.
"We expect everyone else to pay up, so it is important that elected councillors set an example."
The TNA leader said some of the elected councillors who were contacted by the military intelligence officers have already complaint to the Police and some has not, because they are afraid that they might have to face dire consequences.
Lib Dem councillor Russell Field and Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist claim elected mayor systems are less democratic - as elected councillors would need a huge two-thirds majority to block a mayor's policies.
Mr Little said pension contributions were clearly a taxpayer-funded benefit for elected councillors, and should be clearly shown as part of the overall schedule of allowances.
The oath taking ceremony was attended by Senator Sussi Palejo, PPP leaders Abdul Wahid Soomro, Sadiq Ali Memon, Imtiaz Qureshi, Deputy Commissioner Tahir Hussain Sangi, SSP Fida Hussain Mastoi, Election officer Din Mohammad Turk and large number of elected councillors and party workers.
When one considers the work put in by the authority staff, it shows the lack of support by our elected councillors when out of 59 councillors only a handful attended, not a single Conservative councillor.
WITH regards to an elected mayor, and the letter from Keith Dewison (Feedback, 16.03.15): Stockton already has a very good system in place as longest-serving elected councillors are given the privilege in turn.
Perhaps we should invite that elected councillors ask "not what the council can give to them", but "what they can offer the council", and allow the poor taxpayer some grace.
Just goes to show the contempt for the people of Kirklees the elected councillors have for you!