Gov. Matt Bevin asks judge to remove Elliott from retirement board
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has asked a judge to remove Thomas Elliott from the Kentucky Retirement Systems board because he skipped a meeting last month.
Bevin removed Elliott from the board earlier this year. Elliott sued, and last month Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd temporarily blocked Bevin’s order. But Elliott did not attend the board’s next meeting. Bevin’s attorney, Stephen Pitt, says skipping the meeting demonstrates Elliott’s "lack of commitment."
Elliott’s attorney said he did not attend the meeting because the judge issued his order two days before the board’s meeting and Elliott had already scheduled some work meetings. Last week, Shepherd called Elliott’s reason for missing the meeting "wholly inadequate."
Bevin has asked for a hearing at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The retirement board is scheduled to meet again on Thursday.