Treasurer Ball defends motion to intervene in KRS case

07/13/2016 05:51 PM

Kentucky state Treasurer Allison Ball has stopped payment on two checks amounting to $50,000 from the Kentucky Retirement Systems to defend Thomas Elliott, who was ousted from his position as board chair in April.

In an interview with Pure Politics on Tuesday, Ball said as treasurer she feels “strongly” about pension funds and making sure they’re used to aide retirees.

Elliott is challenging Bevin’s authority to remove him from his post three years before his term was set to expire. Because the case of removal arose via his position with KRS, Executive Director Bill Thielen recently told Pure Politics that the agency has the right to cover his legal expenses.

Ball argues that’s not the case as Elliott has been removed from the position by Gov. Matt Bevin.

“When I looked at it what I saw is that Elliott has been terminated — if he’s been terminated then he cannot use these retirement funds for his own legal defense,” Ball said.

Watch the full interview with Ball in the video below:

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