I want to echo Bernie O’Hare’s points here about what a horrible idea electing row officers is. The case for making a job an elected position is that there’s some kind of political content the person presides over that the voters disagree about. Or, that there’s some potential for conflict of interest if the Executive is doing the hiring.
But neither one of those criteria is even enough to say that a position should be elected. You also have to show that the voters would do better job than the County Executive at figuring out whether the person is qualified, and then doing their job well.
That’s definitely not the case. Most voters spend zero time thinking about what row officers do, and there’s no reason to believe they have well-formed opinions on whatever political issues these people are dealing with. There’s also no reason to think they’d be able to monitor these people day-to-day to make sure they’re doing the job correctly.
As we’ve seen with Philadelphia Traffic Court, when you create elected positions with no political content, elected officials compete on patronage, trying to boost their popularity by giving favors to people. It’s just asking for corruption and unprofessional conduct.