▪ Elected county officers other than county commissioners
▪ The structure of county row offices varies with the class (population size) of the county
▪ In some classes of counties, two row offices are combined, such as register of wills and recorder of deeds
▪ Operate independently of commissioners
▪ Commissioners govern row officer’s budgets, salaries, personnel administration and physical facilities
Manages and administers the fiscal affairs of the county; only in 2nd through 5th class counties.
Review the financial administration of the county; only in 6th through 8th class counties.
Receives and disburses county revenues.
Conducts criminal prosecution. Salary paid in part by state.
Officer of the court, serves judicial writs and other documents, may provide courthouse security and/or oversee jail management.
Clerk of the court of common pleas (civil court).
Clerk of Courts:
Clerk of the criminal courts.
Register of Wills:
Jurisdiction over wills and estates.
Recorder of Deeds:
Custodian of county records including property deeds and development plans.
Investigates deaths of a suspicious or violent nature, issues certificate of death when the death occurs without medical attention.
Jury Commissioners (2):
Manage the process of empaneling juries, counties may abolish the positions.
Length of Term:
▪ 4 Years
▪ At large: by all the registered voters in the county
▪ Registered voter
▪ 18 years or older
▪ Resident of the county for one year prior to the election
▪ Other qualifications apply for some row offices such as district attorney
Compensation and Employment:
▪ Compensation set by the county commissioners sitting as a salary board
▪ Commissioners cannot change salary schedule during their own term
▪ Commissioners cannot set salary during an election year