UPDATE: Resolution released against county clerk

UPDATE: Resolution released against county clerk
Marsha Phillips
Marsha Phillips

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE Oct. 7: The Craighead County Quorum Court released the agenda for their Monday night meeting.

In the agenda, the court included the resolution against County Clerk Marsha Phillips.

Read the resolution here:

Craighead County justices will vote Oct. 10 on a measure to criticize Collector Marsha Phillips over her performance in office, Justice Garry Meadows said Monday night.

The 7-4 vote at a meeting Monday created the showdown between justices and Phillips, who has been criticized in the past over issues involving property tax collections. Meadows said the measure was not due to earlier problems, but other issues.

"We are not pleased with the collector's office, her personal ethics and her ability to work with other officials," Meadows said.

When asked about specifics, Meadows said justices questioned allegations of nepotism by Phillips in hiring family members in her office as well as her actions in working with Assessor Hannah Towell, Sheriff Marty Boyd and Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards. Meadows said the county does not have a nepotism policy.

Meadows, who is not running for re-election this fall after losing a Republican primary for County Judge against Jeff Presley March 1, said the issue did not involve politics.

"I feel like I should let people know. For or against, I feel like it is my obligation to represent the people in District 11," Meadows said.

When reached for comment Monday night, Phillips said the attacks are politically motivated.

"I will stand my ground and I am doing a good job, helping a lot of people," Phillips said.

As for the nepotism allegations, Phillips said she has hired family members to work in her office. However, she said she did so due to a lack of staffing. She said one employee left while a part-time employee was upgraded to full time status.

"I trust my family with the money," Phillips said, noting the county previously had a nepotism rule in effect. However, she said she did not want to hire someone off the street, train the person and have them there for only three weeks.

Phillips said she plans to be at the Oct. 10 meeting with an attorney present.

"I am not resigning. It is all political. I say, 'let the voters vote'," Phillips said.

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