Judge Reconsidering Order Reinstating Pension Board Member

Aug 31, 2016

Credit Kentucky Retirement Systems (kyret.ky.gov)

A Kentucky judge says he is reconsidering his order to reinstate former chairman Thomas Elliot to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board.

According to Elliott’s attorney, Elliott did not attend a special meeting of the board last week because of scheduled work meetings. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd called Elliott's reason for missing the meeting "wholly inadequate." Shepherd said the retirement system, one of the worst in the nation, requires an "all hands on deck approach” and invited Governor Matt Bevin to file a motion to change the court’s order.

Bevin removed Elliott earlier this year. Elliott sued and Shepherd temporarily reinstated him on the board. Shepherd issued his ruling two days before the board's special meeting.

A Bevin spokeswoman said the governor's lawyers are reviewing their options.