Former retirement board chairman sues Bevin over removal
The former chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board has challenged Gov. Matt Bevin’s order removing him from office.
Bevin removed Thomas Elliott as the board’s chairman in April, but Elliott refused to leave. Last month, Bevin used state troopers to prevent Elliott from participating in a meeting. Friday, Elliott sued, asking a judge to declare Bevin’s order removing him "null and void" and to affirm that Elliott is still a member of the board.
It is the fourth lawsuit Bevin is facing as he continues to test the limits of executive power in Kentucky. Bevin also issued an executive order on Friday abolishing the Kentucky Retirement Systems board and replacing it with a new board with some new members. It’s unclear how that order will affect Elliott’s lawsuit.