public officer


Definition of public officer

: a person who has been legally elected or appointed to office and who exercises governmental functions

Examples of public officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eddie Kabacinski, 47, was arraigned on charges of impersonating a public officer, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor, in 38th District Court in Eastpointe. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Warren councilman wears military police uniform to arraignment," 30 Oct. 2020 Jamel Alphonso Rogers was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intention to kill while inflicting serious injuries, kidnapping, and two counts of resisting a public officer. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Video captures man beating police officer as some onlookers cheered," 20 Oct. 2020 Liston, 58, a former right-hand man of ex-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty by a public officer holding public trust. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Former Macomb chief assistant prosecutor pleads guilty to misdemeanors," 18 Sep. 2020 Moyo last month was charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe’s health minister fired over COVID-19 graft scandal," 7 July 2020 Likewise an abuse of public trust would be impeachable but won’t always be a criminal violation because impeachment is a constitutional and political process designed specifically to address the defects of public officers. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump’s impeachment trial is either nearly over or just beginning," 30 Jan. 2020 But Van Tatenhove said that board members, as political appointees, are more like public officers, not employees who have clear due process protections. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "State Board of Education members ousted by Beshear won't regain seats for now, judge rules," 27 Feb. 2020 Gaetz alleged Pelosi may have violated a federal statute prohibiting the mutilation of documents filed with public officers of the United States. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Rep. Paul Gosar wants House Speaker Nancy Pelosi censured for ripping up Trump speech," 7 Feb. 2020 Todd Courser, a 47-year-old Republican from Silverwood who resigned from the state House in 2015, could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Sept. 16 in a Lapeer courtroom for willful neglect of duty by a public officer. Washington Post, "Ex-Michigan lawmaker pleads no contest after sex scandal," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of public officer

1606, in the meaning defined above

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5 Nov 2020

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“Public officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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Legal Definition of public officer

: a person who has been elected or appointed to a public office

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