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commissioner

[OED, the representative of the supreme authority in a district] n. the highest government official on outlying islands (a colonial terns retained after independence): 1936 (Dupuch 121). 1972 The Out-Island Commissioner . . is an all-important official in the remote settlements where he is the representative of the Government. His responsibilities are vast, from the granting of automobile licenses to seeing that the local post office is efficiently run (Durrell 39). Commissioners were called "resident justices" until 1904 (Inagua). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-01-12 02:46
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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