public officer


Definition of public officer

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

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He was booked for criminal threats and threatening a public officer. CBS News, "California man arrested for alleged online threat against Bernie Sanders rally," 7 Aug. 2019 Former Tower Mayor Josh Carlson and suspended Tower City Clerk Linda Keith have been charged with a gross misdemeanor of misconduct by a public officer, which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. Adelle Whitefoot, Twin Cities, "Iron Range officials charged with scheming against newspaper publisher," 1 Aug. 2019 Scott had said other possible crimes in the case include theft, unlawful dissemination of a confidential report, and delaying or obstructing a public officer — all potential misdemeanors. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Adachi leak case: SFPD didn’t tell judge that target of search was a journalist," 23 July 2019 Degerstrom is charged with misconduct of a public officer, a gross misdemeanor, and two misdemeanor counts of theft. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County sheriff’s sergeant stole personal property during search at St. Paul home, charges say," 4 June 2019 The eight are facing a variety of charges, including assault on a government official, weapons on educational property and resisting a public officer. Greg Norman, Fox News, "UNC Confederate monument protesters now claim police are the ones who 'broke the peace'," 10 Sep. 2018 In addition to felony murder charges, Olsen also faces charges of aggravated assault, making a false statement and violation of oath by a public officer. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Judge: Officer who shot naked man not entitled to immunity," 16 Aug. 2018 Angela Nichole Marko, 34, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government officials, two drug charges and resisting public officers. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Firefighters, police in NC city assaulted by July 4 fireworks," 5 July 2018 Arizona law requires that public officers and employees avoid conflicts of interest that might influence or affect their official conduct, according to the Attorney General's Office. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "After executive's indictment, Scottsdale school board considers new conflict of interest policy," 28 June 2018

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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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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