at the pleasure of (someone)


used to say that something is done or can be done because someone wants it to be done
I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as the president wants me to.

Examples of at the pleasure of (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vinson, like Dwyer, was an at-will employee, serving at the pleasure of the mayor, and thus could be terminated without cause. Bill Laytner, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2024 Rothman added that Gow served at the pleasure of the regents and was not entitled to any specific process. CBS News, 28 Dec. 2023 The responses to the Hamas attack have spurred discussion not just among council members, but also some of the city commissioners who serve at the pleasure of Mayor Karen Bass, who has repeatedly made statements supportive of Israel. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 The police chief serves at the pleasure of the county executive, under the Baltimore County charter, which gives the executive the power to remove the leaders of any agencies in the executive branch. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 23 May 2022 To amend the County Charter to provide for that the County Attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the County Executive. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 Typically, executive-level positions are appointed by the mayor and serve at the pleasure of the mayor. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 Reid serves at the pleasure of the board, which is composed of three commissioners representing Prince George’s and three representing Montgomery County. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 Dackin served as an at-will employee at the pleasure of the state school board. cleveland, 3 June 2022

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“At the pleasure of (someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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