Hello, as a french citizen, in reaction, my point of view is more of the libertarian kind.
Inside of the USA you have different States, then different Counties in there.
The great power of your democracy, democracies ? , is that it takes place at the bottom first. The independance beetween different kind of power is another great luck that your system offers to its citizens.
The sheriff is not as good as he should be ? Ok the citizen can dismiss him.
Anyway if one cannot bear the way that things go in the county or even the state, hey he just have to move on, vote with his feet.
I live in a centralized state, any place should be ruled the same way by “professionnal” right from the school, “knowing what thing should be administered”, not by politicians listening what the people wants. After 60 years of that regime we can see the limits of “pros” government. They are more and more like “mandarin” from the ancient chinese empire. Less and less democracy seems to take place in our policies.
So even if I suppose that I would not really like the way your Sheriffs think, the fact is that they are doing the job, taking their responsabilities. Though I hope for you that they will lose their next election.