(US, informal) An officer with political influence; a head or chief in government, such as a sheriff.
* 1887 , Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Central America , page 153, History Company
* 1898 , Southern Pacific Company Passenger Department, Sunset , Sunset Magazines Inc. (1912), pages 313-314
- Antonio Rivera Cabezas was chosen vice-jefe in March 1830.
- before he stepped forward uttering the stereotyped greeting, the Texan had put him down as the jefe or head man....
* 1900 , United States War Department, Annual Reports of the War Department , U.S. Government Printing Office
- Snatching up the rifle he lit out after the jefe , who had left two jumps ahead of the smoke.
(US) A boss in a business, company or other organization.
* 1982 January, George Durham, Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers , page 120, University of Texas Press
- Hilario Saño, a suspect, resident here but much doubted by the jefe local, was put to the test
* 1998 June, Thomas Miller Klubock, Contested communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile's El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1948 , page 147, Duke University Press
- “They ain’t going to deliver the cattle across.... They’ve taken too much of a beating as it is. They’ve lost their big jefe and lots of men.”
* 2004 December, Jeffrey Harris Cohen, The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico , University of Texas Press
- When they were slacking off in the mine, for example, and a jefe arrived unexpectedly, they shouted loro'' (parrot) or ''fuego (fire) as warning signals.
* 2005 May, Monica Rico, EMails that Go Nowhere , Google Mail.
- A jefe' in this sense is a mentor, a person who is often a compadre of the migrant.''...'' In any case, a ' jefe is not a loan shark
- A jefe in this sense refers to a true boss, the leader of the household, also known as Jose Rico.