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 for Commissioner
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commissioner \Com*mis"sion*er\, n.
     1. A person who has a commission or warrant to perform some
        office, or execute some business, for the government,
        corporation, or person employing him; as, a commissioner
        to take affidavits or to adjust claims.
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              To another address which requested that a commission
              might be sent to examine into the state of things in
              Ireland, William returned a gracious answer, and
              desired the Commons to name the commissioners.
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     2. An officer having charge of some department or bureau of
        the public service.
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              Herbert was first commissioner of the Admiralty.
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              The commissioner of patents, the commissioner of the
              land office, the commissioner of Indian affairs, are
              subordinates of the secretary of the interior.
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     Commissioner of deeds, an officer having authority to take
        affidavits, depositions, acknowledgment of deeds, etc.,
        for use in the State by which he is appointed. [U. S.]
     County commissioners, certain administrative officers in
        some of the States, invested by local laws with various
        powers in reference to the roads, courthouses, financial
        matters, etc., of the county. [U. S.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a government administrator
      2: a member of a commission

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  89 Moby Thesaurus words for "commissioner":
     G-man, MP, alderman, archon, bailie, bailiff, beadle, beagle,
     bound bailiff, burghermaster, burgomaster, cabinet member,
     cabinet minister, captain, catchpole, chancellor, chief of police,
     city councilman, city father, city manager, commissar, commissary,
     commissionaire, constable, councillor, councilman, councilwoman,
     county commissioner, county supervisor, delegate, deputy,
     deputy sheriff, detective, elder, emissary, envoy, fed, federal,
     flic, gendarme, government man, headman, herald, induna, inspector,
     legate, legislator, lictor, lieutenant, lord mayor, mace-bearer,
     magistrate, maire, marshal, mayor, messenger, minister,
     minister of state, mounted policeman, narc, officer, patrolman,
     peace officer, police captain, police commissioner,
     police constable, police inspector, police matron, police officer,
     police sergeant, policeman, policewoman, portreeve, reeve,
     roundsman, secretary, secretary of state, selectman, sergeant,
     sergeant at arms, sheriff, superintendent, supervisor, syndic,
     tipstaff, tipstaves, trooper, undersecretary, warden

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMISSIONER, officer. One who has a lawful commission to execute a public 
  office. In a more restricted sense it is one who is authorized to execute. a 
  particular duty, as, commissioner of the revenue, canal commissioner. The 
  term when used in this latter sense is not applied, for example, to a judge. 
  There are commissioners, too, who have no regular commissions and derive 
  their author from the elections held by the people. County commissioners, in 
  Pennsylvania, are officers of the latter kind. 

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