Kentucky Pension Trustees Sue Governor Over Removal

Two former trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems are suing Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin after he ousted them from their positions recently.

The lawsuit claims Bevin didn’t have the authority to remove the trustees, one of whom was the board chairman.

The state’s Attorney General issued a statement siding with the trustees.

From the Lexington Herald Leader:

Two members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, claiming Bevin did not have the authority to remove board chairman Thomas Elliott of Jefferson County from the panel.

Elliott and board member Mary Helen Peter filed the lawsuit Friday in Franklin Circuit Court.

They are seeking a temporary injunction to block Elliott’s removal.

It was not clear Sunday what effect, if any, Bevin’s executive order last Friday to abolish the board and replace it with a new board will have on the lawsuit.

Bevin ordered Elliott off the board in April and sent state police to last month’s board meeting to threaten Elliott with arrest if he tried to participate in KRS business with other trustees.


In a statement, Attorney General Beshear questioned Bevin’s “unprecedented actions” Friday, citing the governor’s decisions to remake both the KRS and University of Louisville governing boards.

“Lawmakers mandated that these boards be independent,” said Beshear, who said his office is reviewing Bevin’s actions.

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