Those in charge of County government are elected to office. The Constitution of the State of Idaho (Article 18, Section 6) provides for the election, every four years, of a sheriff, a treasurer, an auditor-clerk-recorder, an assessor, and a coroner. §31-703, Idaho Code (I.C.), mandates that two county commissioners serve two-year terms and the third serves a four-year term. The four-year term alternates between the commissioners of each of the three districts. This assures that there will always be an incumbent county commissioner following each election.
Idaho Code § 31-2001 details the county officials as follows:
Except for the county commissioners, these officials are empowered to appoint such deputies as are necessary (Idaho Code § 31-2003) for the "prompt and faithful discharge of the duties of...office."