Chris Coyle has a column in the Perry County News on the county executive portion of the Kernan Shephard recommendations for local government restructuring. In the name of efficiency, the report suggests and Gov. Daniels apparently supports, removing the current three member board of county commissioners and replacing it with a single county executive. In addition, that person would appoint officials like the sheriff, clerk, treasurer, auditor, and coroner; currently elected positions.
I agree with Chris that the costs outweigh the efficiencies. Taking an extreme to illustrate the point, there is little doubt that dictatorships are more efficient than democracies; but there is more to government than efficiency. Chris points out a not unlikely scenario: what if you like the sheriff and even the county executive, but the coroner is just awful. Your choices at that point are pretty much to either put up with the poor public official or vote out the whole administration.