public servant


Definition of public servant

: a government official or employee

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The charge against him was reduced from assault on a public servant, a felony, to disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500 upon conviction. Scott Huddleston,, "Man accused in altercation with Bexar County judge says judge was in the wrong," 26 June 2020 Sentencing guidelines, which are based on factors such as the number of guilty counts, the amount of money stolen, other bad acts and prior convictions, and the mayor's status as a public servant, could have resulted in a life sentence., "Kwame Kilpatrick and Jimmy DiMora: Two kingpins with the same dream of freedom," 17 June 2020 To be a teammate to another public servant means encouraging the best behavior possible. Tiffany Chioma Anaebere, Scientific American, "Policing Can Take a Lesson from Health Care," 10 June 2020 The South Philly native is remembered by supporters as a devoted outspoken public servant who championed the city. CBS News, "Statue of ex-Philadelphia mayor many saw as racist removed," 3 June 2020 Travis Martin, 32, is charged with misdemeanor interfering with the duties of a public servant, after allegedly blocking the roadway, and criminal mischief with damage between $2,500 and $30,000 -- a state jail felony. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged with damaging Houston police car window during George Floyd protests," 2 June 2020 The longtime public servant, who spent 26 years as a Seven Hills city councilman, passed away June 2 at Cleveland Clinic-Marymount Hospital after a battle with COVID-19. John Benson, cleveland, "Seven Hills mayor reflects on COVID-19 death of ‘Councilman Bob’ Leech," 8 June 2020 Fauci is a solid, sturdy, intelligent public servant. Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: What readers think about petition to name Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘sexiest man’," 26 Apr. 2020 Jonathan Dechoudens is charged with harassment of a public servant, a third-degree felony. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Man accused of coughing in Grapevine officer’s face and claiming to have coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of public servant

1671, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Public servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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: a government official or employee

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