Judge says Bevin can’t remove pension chairman

A state judge says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin can’t remove the chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees for now but can rewrite the rules for the board and its members.
    
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that Bevin was wrong to remove Thomas Elliott as the board chairman and to threaten him with arrest if he participated in meetings.
    
However, Shepherd ruled Bevin’s order abolishing the board of trustees and replacing it with a board of directors didn’t cause "irreparable harm." Shepherd said he would allow the new board to stand, except that Elliot couldn’t be removed from it.
    
Shepherd’s order is temporary until he issues a final ruling in the case, which could take several more months. Both sides could appeal.

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