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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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Pillay, who had inaugurated on Thursday morning, with attendance of Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kefi, the first office in Tunisia and North Africa of the United Nations High Commissionership for Human Rights, said that the opening of this bureau materialises the Interim Government's will to break off with the practices of the ancien regime.
He did not like seeing me on the ground in Nyirol County because he thought I was trying to lobby for his removal from the commissionership in the next government.
Joseph Schekleh, Director of the UN High Commissionership for Human Rights in Tunis.
The rivalry led to Uguak's removal from the position of SPLM state Secretary General in months that also saw the removal of Rezig Zacharia from the Raja county commissionership in 2008.
Firas Kayal, Spokesman for the High Commissionership for Refugees (UNHCR) in the border crossing of Ras Jedir, expressed regret over these events that impede the UN's action and delay the evacuation of refugees, saying that the UNHCR could not fulfill its mission in the absence of security.
Taban was shot down on the highway for contesting the commissionership against the ex-official, who left office only this month.
As regards political refugees, the High Commissionership for Refugees has managed to repatriate 62 Eritreans to Switzerland, 22 to Canada, 29 to USA and 10 to Holland whereas the situation of refugees from Somalia, the Ivory Coast and Iraq is unchanged.
After the treaty, appointment of the commissionership was based on local representation, so a native belonging to the area had to take over the post.
Tunisia's Red Crescent keeps, in collaboration with the High Commissionership for Refugees, on collecting financial aid to take care of 60 wounded Libyans who came from Syrte.
Wol has already served as commissioner of the county for three years in the period of 2000 to 2004; he was removed from the commissionership position on allegations of misappropriation of public resources and abuse of powers.

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