selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man | \ sə-ˈlek(t)-ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio) , -ˌlek(t)-ˈman, -ˈlek(t)-mən; ˈsē-ˌlek(t)-ˌman\

Definition of selectman

: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town

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Eaton, a longtime Finance Committee member, and Fasulo are first-time candidates for selectman. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Eaton, Fasulo vie for Wilmington selectman seat," 19 Apr. 2018 Butler, the selectman, recalled that Karun almost always showed up to the town meetings that take place twice a month. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Three decades after a child’s brutal murder, police made an arrest. His neighbors weren’t surprised.," 14 June 2019 Several years later, the town’s first selectman reached out to several potential buyers to facilitate the $14.5 million purchase of another property where the owner wanted to build 200 apartments by replacing a local hotel, the Westport Inn. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing," 22 May 2019 Winchester’s former board of selectmen had featured only six women over some 167 years of history. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "In Massachusetts, ‘aldermen’ are nearly extinct," 6 July 2019 Young, his lawyer Thom Page, and a small band of Simon’s supporters have habitually attended selectmen meetings over the past year to plead Simon’s case. Jack Kramer, ExpressNews.com, "CT dog comes off ‘death row,’ finds home in Michigan," 23 June 2019 Last year, selectmen put out a request for proposals to redevelop the parking lots, and chose Trinity from six respondents. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley eyes adding apartments, condos near rail station," 26 June 2019 The decision to euthanize the dog was made before Hoey became first selectman. Jack Kramer, ExpressNews.com, "CT dog comes off ‘death row,’ finds home in Michigan," 23 June 2019 The West Plymouth site was chosen from 21 potential ones, according to a selectmen’s report. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Plymouth to increase water supply with new well," 12 July 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man | \ si-ˈlekt-mən, -ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio) \

Legal Definition of selectman

: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town

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