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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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former Trumbull first selectman Timothy Herbst have recently qualified for $1.35 million each in public financing from the commission. Christopher Keating,, "Still No Public Funding for Steve Obsitnik For Governor," 5 July 2018 The town undertook the initiative at the recommendation of its Cycling Safety Advisory Committee, a group appointed by selectmen in January 2017 in response to the deaths of two cyclists in town in 2016. John Laidler,, "Lincoln erects road signs after deaths of two cyclists," 28 June 2018 The state’s Republicans will choose between business executives Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Tim Herbst, the first selectman of Trumbull. WSJ, "Wisconsin Democrats Crowd Race to Challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker," 14 Aug. 2018 Drew said the mayors and first selectmen from Durham, Portland and Middlefield have been meeting with MAT to find ways to keep service in place for people throughout the region. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Officials Rally For Middletown Transit Funding," 3 May 2018 Town officials expressed relief that the budget was approved in a single visit to the polls, and credited collaboration among the boards of education, finance, and selectmen in crafting a town spending plan that voters could support. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold Voters Approve .34 Mil Tax Increase," 13 June 2018 Applicants are asked to respond by June 1, selectmen said. John Hilliard,, "Wellesley seeks volunteers for town boards," 23 May 2018 Mikutel who has served for years on Griswold's boards of finance and selectmen, retired from state politics in 2014, after 22 years as a state representative. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Veteran, Newcomer Square Off In 45th District Race," 11 July 2018 Herbst, the former Trumbull first selectman, finished second to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton at the state GOP convention last month. Neil Vigdor,, "Tim Herbst Brings In New Campaign Manager, Replaces Treasurer Again," 8 June 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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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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