In the county of Hennepin, the offices of county auditor, county treasurer and county recorder shall not be elective but shall be filled by appointment by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners as hereinafter provided, unless such office is hereafter abolished pursuant to a reorganization or consolidation under subdivision 2.
The duties, functions and responsibilities which have been heretofore and which shall be hereafter required by statute to be performed by the various elected officials whose offices are by this section made appointive shall be vested in and performed by the Board of Commissioners of Hennepin County through department heads appointed by the board for that purpose. Any such department head shall be in the unclassified service as defined by sections 383B.26 to 383B.42. The Board of Commissioners of Hennepin County shall have the authority to initiate and direct any reorganization, consolidation, reallocation or delegation of such duties, functions, or responsibilities for the purpose of promoting efficiency in county government, and may make such other administrative changes, including the abolishing of the offices of auditor, treasurer and county recorder or the transfer of personnel, as are deemed necessary for this purpose. Such reorganization, reallocation or delegation or other administrative change or transfer shall not diminish, prohibit or avoid those specific duties required by statute to be performed by those officials whose office is now made appointive.