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:

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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