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1) adj. an act, document or anything sanctioned or authorized by a public official or public agency. The term can also apply to an organizational act or product which is authorized by the organization, such as an Official Boy Scout knife or emblem, an official warranty, membership card, or set of rules. 2) n. a public officer or governmental employee who is empowered to exercise judgment. 3) n. an officer of a corporation or business. (See: officer)

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OFFICIAL, civil and canon laws. In the ancient civil law, the person who was the minister of, or attendant upon a magistrate, was called the official.
     2. In the canon law, the person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction, bears this name. Wood's Inst. 30, 505; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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Lastly, Facebook added "District Targeting," which allows elected officials to target specific posts and messages to people who are likely their constituents.
The first is through council-related expenditures: elected officials cost something--the fewer you have, the more you save.
The new regulations will, for the first time, ban the involvement of elected officials in any pension fund business.
Pensions of elected officials are determined by a set multiplier of 3 percent of their average final compensation.
Many people get in a room with elected officials and get tongue-tied.
Indicate the organization you are representing and, how you serve constituents in the elected official's district or state.
The first series, as described earlier, was published in twelve separate handbooks, each incorporating two parts: one primarily for use by the elected official and the other by those responsible for planning and conducting the leadership training.
Kappel's answers and the author's recommendations essentially assert that the proper conduct for a public employee, when he/she is the direct and public recipient of the unjustified wrath of an elected official, is to be submissive, meek, and accept that which is dished out.
I have heard before that the majority of an elected official's time is spent raising money for their next campaign.
1977: Hunter College political science professor Ken Sherrill is New York Cites first openly gay elected official, becoming a Democratic Party district leader.
Whether meeting with a staff member or an elected official, Vance had the following tips for CMRA members listening to her presentation: Know your facts, be positive, be specific and don't turn the meeting into a monolog or long complaint.
73 teaches that it is licit for an elected official to support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by an existing law by amending it, or to limit the harm that might be done by a proposed law by amending it.