Bevin to appeal judge’s order in public pension lawsuit

Gov. Matt Bevin’s attorney says he will appeal a judge’s ruling that temporarily reinstates a member of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees.
Steve Pitt told reporters Tuesday the governor does not believe Thomas Elliott should serve on the board of trustees. Bevin removed Elliott by executive order, and then abolished the entire board and re-created it as a board of directors. Bevin then threatened to arrest Elliott if he tried to participate in board meetings.
Elliott sued, and was joined by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. Monday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered that Elliott should stay on the board, at least until the lawsuit is resolved. Shepherd also called Bevin’s threat to arrest Elliott a "flagrant abuse of executive power."

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