- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The chief administrator for Washington County is facing criticism after she ordered cameras installed in a break room used by justices of the peace and county employees.

County Judge Marilyn Edwards’ chief of staff, George Butler, says two cameras shaped like smoke detectors were purchased for more than $1,000 in August and installed around October.

During a Public Works Committee meeting Monday, Justice Eva Madison said any audio recording may have violated employee privacy.

County attorney Steve Zega says the county didn’t violate laws and that signs were put in the break room to notify people before recordings were made.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1VGVj9g ) that Edwards isn’t running for re-election as county judge but is running against Madison for her Quorum Court seat in the primary election.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com


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