The Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) Board of Trustees voted Thursday to hire John Chilton as their new chief executive officer (CEO). Chilton served as state budget director under Governor Matt Bevin and currently serves on the KRS board. Chilton abstained from voting on the motion to hire him.
Moments before the board went into executive session to discuss hiring Chilton, members voted to remove two parts of the CEO job advertisement. The board sections labeled “Qualifications and Experience” and “Personal Characteristics” from the proposed job description.
Governor Matt Bevin appointed Chilton to the KRS board in 2016 and 2018. His current term expires June 2022. Chilton must resign from the board of trustees before taking the CEO position. Chilton also serves on the Public Pensions Oversight Board (PPOB), which will meet Monday, June 24.
The County Employees Retirement System (CERS) continues to advertise two positions, including a CEO. House Bill 484 (2020) created the CERS Board of Trustees separate from the KRS board to ensure decisions made for the state’s poorly funded state pensions – the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS) and the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) – do not unduly influence the local pension system. The new CERS board held its first meeting on April 1 and approved a request for proposals (RFP) for the CEO and a general counsel earlier this month.
The CERS CEO will oversee all functions relating to efficient operations of the CERS Board of Trustees, develop policies and procedures, and collaborate with the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) administrative staff to implement critical system administration duties. A new CERS general counsel will serve as the primary legal advisor to the CERS Board of Trustees and CERS chief executive officer.