Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin last month removed the chairman of the board of the Kentucky Retirement System – and even called a police presence at a recent meeting to stop him from attending.
Now, former chairman Thomas Elliot has sued the governor and intents to use funds from KRS to fund the suit.
Kentucky’s treasurer is seeking to stop the suit from moving further.
From the Associated Press:
Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball filed an intervening motion Monday in the suit to stop the retirement board’s former chairman, Thomas Elliott, from using $50,000 in legal funding from Kentucky Retirement Systems to sue Bevin.
Elliott is suing to overturn Bevin’s order removing and replacing him. Bevin has also issued an executive order that removed all the current members of the retirement system board.
Ball said in a release that Elliott’s use of the funding is inappropriate, since he is no longer on the board.
“After conducting an internal review, it is clear there is no legal authority for a removed trustee to use retiree pension money to pay for legal counsel, which is what Mr. Elliott is attempting to do,” Ball said in the media release.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has also sought to intervene in the suit in an attempt to overturn’s Bevin overhaul of the board.