June 25, 2018
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Former chief justice endorsed for Maine Turnpike Authority board

AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Daniel Wathen received unanimous panel approval Tuesday to serve as a member of the Maine Turnpike Authority board, according to a press release from Gov. Paul LePage’s office.

“I thank Governor LePage for offering me this important opportunity,”  Wathen told members of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation during his appointment review. “Working together with trust and cooperation, I am sure that we will forge a new era of openness and accountability while protecting the sources of financing that are so important to the future of our state.”

The turnpike authority has faced scrutiny recently as lavish spending by its officials has come to light.

In March, LePage appointed Peter Mills as executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority. Executive director Paul Violette had resigned earlier in the month after questions were raised about the turnpike authority’s finances.

Wathen’s appointment now will go before the full Senate. If confirmed, he is likely to be appointed chairman of the board, according to the press release.

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