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Quorum Court votes to slash $100k from circuit clerk’s budget

While Candace Edwards didn't want to go on camera, she said she really felt blindsided by all of this.
Updated: Mar. 9, 2021 at 8:56 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Craighead County Quorum Court unanimously approved an amendment slashing more than $100,000 from the circuit clerk’s budget.

Justice of the Peace Kevin Williams presented the amendment during Monday night’s meeting.

According to Craighead County Judge Marvin Day, it defunds the chief deputy position held by John Smith and a criminal court clerk position currently vacant.

It also removes all travel expense line items and miscellaneous expenses.

Members also raised questions about Candace Edwards’ professionalism following Craighead County Eastern Deputy Clerk Sue Gurley’s reinstatement.

“I personally asked the question if we reinstated Ms. Gurley, we could get past this,” said Williams.

Williams was told via email that Gurley is unable to access the appropriate programs needed to handle day-to-day operations, rendering her essentially useless.

“They can’t get their needs of the county we’re providing over there because Ms. Gurley’s sitting there,” he said.

Edwards had been asked to attend Monday’s meeting but declined, citing a prior engagement.

Edwards spoke with Region 8 News’s Amanda Hanson and Monae Stevens off-camera Tuesday, saying she did not see any of this coming.

She released a statement saying:

Meanwhile, Williams said the discussion would be revisited at the next quorum court meeting on March 22.

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