A suggestion was made to look into the possibility of appointing a County Attorney, Register of Deeds and Sheriff. There are pros and cons to this of course, but the first step was to find out if it is possible. Turns out it is not an option, as per Article 71 of the NH Constitution:
Art.] 71. [County Treasurers, Registers of Probate, County Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Registers of Deeds Elected.] The county treasurers, registers of probate, county attorneys, sheriffs and registers of deeds, shall be elected by the inhabitants of the several towns, in the several counties in the state, according to the method now practiced, and the laws of the state, Provided nevertheless the legislature shall have authority to alter the manner of certifying the votes, and the mode of electing those officers; but not so as to deprive the people of the right they now have of electing them.
Changing this for any of the positions listed would require a constitutional amendment.
In towns and villages, there are strong feelings to keep positions elected and let the voters decide to " hire or fire" at each election. While it may not be the most important thing on every ones mind these days, with a county of 18 towns and 16 "villages" spread out over 992 square miles, it may have some merit to explore it further in the future.
I personally believe that the voters have three excellent candidates in now uncontested races with incumbents Sheriff Richardi and Registrar of the Deeds, Lisa Scott and soon to be elected Michaela Andruzzi for County Attorney. I do believe that we should look into increasing salaries a bit for the County Attorney's staff to stem the tide of turnover.