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A reeve was responsible for the management of the laws and finances of an area. The position evolved in time from the original Anglo-Saxon role as a steward or governor into one more of a local head of the judiciary or a bailiff. The word was usually linked to the area it managed e.g. portreeve, shire-reeve. Shire-reeve eventually became sheriff.

Reeves in the SCA

Some groups call their Exchequer by this name.