But what is much more surprising is the fact that there is such a office in Bangkok. Since 1971 Bangkok is a special administrative entity created by merging the provinces Phra Nakhon and Thonburi together with the municipalities within these into a structure which is both central and local administration. Though the outlying areas are still rather rural, I did not expect administrative villages (Muban) there anymore. It was already a surprise when I read in a newspaper article in The Nation in 2005 that the village headmen in the outlying districts are to be removed from office, so in fact the villages were not abolished in the creation of Bangkok metropolis.
I don't know what is correct - was that news report was prematurely and the village headmen remain in office in 2009, or did this headman keep the sign out of protest against this decision, or is he not a headman in the normal sense, but one of the community leaders mentioned in the newspaper article as the last lines.
All 279 of the kamnans and headmen and those previously dismissed may be appointed community leaders if they so desire.