Currently, the 11 counties designated as counties of the first or second class for purposes of the public trustee law have a public trustee who is appointed by the governor. In counties of the third class, the county treasurer serves as the public trustee.
On January 1, 2013, certain counties of the second class change to counties of the third class. In such counties, the term of the public trustee appointed by the governor expires on December 31, 2012, and the county treasurer of the county becomes the public trustee on January 1, 2013. Such counties shall no longer have a separate office of the public trustee with the trustee appointed by the governor.