- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge says he is reconsidering his order to reinstate the former chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin removed board chairman Thomas Elliott earlier this year. Elliott sued, and Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd temporarily reinstated Elliott on the board.

But Elliott did not attend a special meeting of the board last week. His attorney said Elliott had scheduled work meetings. Shepherd issued his ruling two days before the retirement board’s special meeting. Shepherd called Elliott’s reason for missing the meeting “wholly inadequate.”

Shepherd said the retirement system, one of the worst-funded systems in the country, requires an “all hands on deck approach.” Shepherd invited Bevin to file a motion to change the court’s order.

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

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