FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The former chairman of the beleaguered Kentucky Retirement Systems is heading to court to challenge his removal by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
Thomas Elliott has sued Bevin for removing him as chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees. Bevin’s attorneys say he has the authority to remove Elliott. But Elliott says his term is set by state law and cannot be altered by the governor. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m.
The lawsuit is one of several challenging Bevin’s reorganization of state boards and commissions. Labor unions are challenging the makeup of the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission and Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging Bevin’s decision to replace the University of Louisville board of trustees.
The Kentucky Retirement System has unfunded liabilities of more than $19 billion.