Turnpike CEO touts new accountability measures

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 25, 2013 4:01 AM

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Defendants in the Attorney General's investigation into the Turnpike.

(Harrisburg) -- In the wake of corruption charges against former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employees, the head of the roadway's administration is touting new accountability measures.

After reading the grand jury presentment that led to criminal charges against a former state senator, former turnpike leaders, employees and vendors, Commission CEO Mark Compton has ordered a review of every contract awarded during the timeframe of the Attorney General's investigation.

He says he was disappointed and outraged about the alleged misdeeds.

The roadway chief says he's sending a memo with new guidelines to everyone involved in Turnpike business.

"The memo will highlight the ethical standards that are required by all involved," Compton says. "When I mean all involved, it's the business partners, it's our employees, it's our officials, and it's basically an understanding that those involved will do everything above board and be ethical."

Compton plans to also convene a special advisory group to conduct an ongoing reivew of the Turnpike's business practices.

Last week, Attorney General Kathleen Kane charged eight people in connection with a so-called "pay to play" scheme allegedly for the defendants' financial and political advantage.

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