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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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Early in his commissionership, Chandler had liberally granted interviews, but he became wary of the press after sportswriters harshly criticized some of his early decisions and statements.
"Honorable Manasseh Magok Rundial, the Speaker of South Sudan National Assembly to relieve Honorable Timothy Taban Joch from South Sudan National Assembly effective and backdated April 2014 after assuming the Akobo Commissionership position corrupting the assembly," reads the letter.
It was a blow for Labour on a mixed day that saw the party win three parliamentary by-elections but lose a number of police commissionership races.
(26.) Bernard Attard, 'Andrew Fisher, the High Commissionership and the Collapse of Labor', Labour History, no.
He did not inaugurate the presidential first-pitch tradition, no one in his family ever owned a major-league team, he was never offered the commissionership, and he neither presided over nor wrote an opinion in an important baseball case.
"I have no problem and I'm happy that my colleague Mr McCreevy got a worthwhile commissionership. I have had a privileged opportunity since 1987, I had a very good innings."
The final constant is the commissionership itself and the idea that the commissioner has or has not some kind of magical powers to make the clubs as a whole do something they don't want to do.
For the next two years he worked at the Colonial office in London, and after four years in British Honduras and two in Bermuda, he returned in 1956 to take up the Resident Commissionership in Basutoland.
Leaving the commissionership, Wright continued to press for industry reforms and spent his remaining years as a private actuary, earning at last a sufficient income to support other reform interests.
'We can easily say this act is a replay of the old PDP act whereby Iseyin has always been excluded from nomination for Commissionership. The only time Ladoja nominated an Iseyin person, it was a woman married to Ibadan while Akala did not give any to us.
Sy shared that the possibility of the seven teams excusing themselves from playing was initially discussed when the status of Narvasa's commissionership first came up.
The remaining four candidates for the PBA commissionership will be given an opportunity to present their plans and programs to the league's Board of Governors today at the PBA Commissioner's Office in Libis, Quezon City.

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