A heemraad, or hoogheemraad (literally a high heemraad) is a local official of a Dutch water board
. The term can be pluralized to ''(hoog)heemraden'', but sometimes the word ''heemraad'' also means more than one man in the sense of a meeting of (hoog)heemraden, such as ''decisions made by the heemraad''. In this sense, the college of heemraden (''college van dijkgraaf en heemraden
'', consisting of the dike-reeve (''dijkgraaf
'') and the (hoog)heemraden) met and acted as one body in the same way that the executive board meet at the city hall (''college van burgemeester en wethouders
''). A heemraad is the equivalent of an alderman
'') in local government, being a member of both the local legislative council, while having representational roles for his own area. The term goes back to pre-medieval days.
Literally the term means "home-advisor".
Category:Dutch words and phrases
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