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 (''wethouder'') 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".


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