selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man | \sə-ˈlek(t)-ˌman, -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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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, BostonGlobe.com, "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, courant.com, "Tim Herbst Brings In New Campaign Manager, Replaces Treasurer Again," 8 June 2018 So is Mary Glassman, the former Simsbury first selectman who edged Hayes for endorsement in the 5th Congressional District. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Ganim Hopes Women On Ballot Next To Him Will Boost His Chances On Primary Day," 9 July 2018 The screening committee will conduct closed session interviews with some of those remaining applicants in mid-August, before forwarding a list of three or four finalists to selectmen. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, selectmen as early as their Monday meeting are expected to name an acting town manager to serve from the time Valente departs until the new manager begins, which the board hopes will be mid to late September. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 2018 Finance Board Chairman Scott Davis said that both the school board and the selectmen were instructed to come in with a zero-increase budget proposal, a challenge both boards managed to meet. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "School, Town Budgets Pass Public Hearing Hurdle," 17 Apr. 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man | \si-ˈlekt-mən, -ˌman \

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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