The advertisement of top county jobs in Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet has set the stage for intense lobbying.
This followed applications by more than 1,500 people after the recruitment of CEC, county directors and chief officers was opened.
Governors Jackson Mandago, Stephen Sang and Alex Tolgos respectively are in the final stages of naming their cabinets.
Tension has also gripped senior officers who have been occupying the top positions due fears that they may be dismissed.
Sources indicated that Mandago is due to name his cabinet in a few days time.
The Uasin Gishu county boss has disclosed he may sack some of those who served in the last five years.
Tolgos asked the Government Training Institute in Kabarnet to help in the recruitment.
The Baringo-based institution has handed back a list of candidates it feels are most qualified for appointment.
"We will pick the new team based on merit," Tolgos said.
On the proposed cabinet changes in Uasin Gishu, Mandago said: "I will think about my cabinet, but, obviously, I will not retain all my executives or sack all of them.
"However, those who are not performers will definitely have to go."
A source close to the Governor revealed that out of the 10 CECs, only three stand the chance of being retained.
Eldoret Residents Association chairman Richard Kemboi urged Mandago to ensure the cabinet is inclusive.
"We hope the Governor will not renege on his pre-election promise by making all key appointments a preserve of only communities that voted for him."