public servant


Definition of public servant 

: a government official or employee

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functionary, officeholder, officer, official

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Examples of public servant in a Sentence

the new governor vowed that he would always remember why he was called a public servant and not the people's master concerned that the new federal agency would just add another slew of public servants to the government payroll

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To frame it that way is awkward for me as a public servant. Staff Report,, "School consolidation Q&A off after regional official says Norridge district tried to 'hijack' meeting," 7 June 2018 Lawmakers were also expected to confirm the leader of a powerful new law enforcement and ethics commission to police millions of public servants, party officials, academics, journalists and state company managers., "Xi Set for Second Term as China’s President, Cementing Power Push," 16 Mar. 2018 Law enforcement officials and other first responders in dress uniforms gathered to pay tribute to the longtime police veteran, some referring to him as a true public servant. Kim Chatelain,, "Former Mandeville Police Chief Tom Buell laid to rest," 26 Feb. 2018 In the 171-page sentencing memorandum filed this week, Oaks’ lawyers portrayed their client as a lifelong public servant with a bleak future. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "Convicted of corruption, former Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Oaks asks for 18-month prison sentence," 10 July 2018 At the time of the shooting, Patrick was out on $120,000 bond on three aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges and one aggravated assault as a public servant charge. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "HCSO: Suspect used promise of business to rob, fatally shoot man in north Harris County," 26 June 2018 Since then, her sentence has been commuted and now, as a public servant and advocate for justice, the charge will be removed from her record altogether. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Man sentenced to 80 years for KC burglary walks free on Greitens' final day," 3 June 2018 Longtime Central Indiana public servant Gary Coons died Sunday morning, his family told IndyStar. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis official who ensured safety at city’s at Super Bowl, Final Four, dies," 13 May 2018 Police said Juarez was to be charged with at least two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and two previous felony theft warrants. Tina Burnside And Joe Sterling, CNN, "The police officers and civilian who were shot in Dallas are fighting for their lives," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of public servant

1671, in the meaning defined above

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: a government official or employee

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