What does BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY mean?

BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY meaning in Law Dictionary

In Vermont, in the case of a city this tenn includes the gran and aldermen and justices residing therein; regarding a town, the selectmen and town-clerk in addition to justices living therein ; in the case of a town, the trustees or bailiffs in addition to justices living therein. Vt. St. 1894, 19, 59.