FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Retirement Systems is paying $50,000 in legal fees of its former chairman in his lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which obtained the legal bills through a public records request, reports the move is drawing criticism from Bevin's office.
Louisville banker Tommy Elliott filed the lawsuit against Bevin on June 17 after Bevin removed Elliott from the agency's Board of Trustees.
Steve Pitt, the governor's general counsel, said the payment of Elliott's legal bill "is a prime example" of the need for leadership change.
Bevin removed Elliott in April, nearly three years before his term was to expire.
KRS Executive Director Bill Thielen said the lawsuit arose as a result of Elliott's performance as KRS chairman.