The city is divided into fourteen quarters, each presided over by a headman, and inhabited by separate sections of the community.
It is the residence of the Headman of the Griqua nation.
The new pasha of Belgrade appointed one Milosh Obrenovich headman of his own district, but a few years later Milosh raised a successful revolt, drove out the Turks, and re-established Servian semi-independence.
The kraal is under the immediate rule of its headman, who is a patriarch responsible for the good behaviour of all its members.
Over the headman, whose authority may extend to more than one kraal, is the tribal chief, and above the tribal chief was the king, whose authority is now exercised by a British commissioner.
The native chiefs of the Panaka and other Tibetan tribes of this region are styled pdmbo (" official " or " headman ") by both the natives and the Chinese.
Each chief appoints a certain number of civil and military officers to assist in the government of the country, and each village has its headman or bese, also an hereditary office.
At its head is an elected headman (Schuize, Dorfvorsteher, &c.), with a small body of assistants (Schoffen, &c.).
As regards the rural police of India every village headman and the village watchman as well as the village police office are required by the code to communicate to the nearest magistrate or the officer in charge of the nearest police station, whichever is nearest, any information respecting offenders.