A Chief Commissioner is a commissioner of a high rank, usually in chief of several Commissioners or similarly styled officers.
In British India the gubernatorial style was Chief Commissioner in various (not all) provinces (often after being an entity under a lower ranking official), the style being applied especially where an elected assembly did not exist, notably:
Ajmer-Merwara 1 April 1871 - 15 August 1947 (the last date being the independence of India as a dominion, ending the colonial British raj)
Punjab (first 1 April 1849 - 1853 under a board of administration) till 1 January 1858 (only sole incumbent John Laird Mair Lawrence)
Independent Commonwealth nations
On two occasions in the late 20th century, local elected government in the City of Melbourne was temporarily replaced by panels of commissioners headed by a Chief Commissioner.
Chief Commissioner is also a rank used by Scouts Australia for the Adult Leader with operational control of Scouting in each State and Territory Branch. There is also a Chief Commissioner of Australia, a... Read More