Compton, a former aide to Republican Gov. Tom Ridge and U.S. Rep. William Clinger (R., Pa.) and a recent deputy secretary of the state Department of Transportation, said turnpike users and employees "deserve better."
Compton said he had ordered "a thorough review of every professional-services contract that was cited in the attorney general's presentment" and all current contracts that were awarded during the four years of the grand jury investigation.
He also said he had ordered that a memo be sent to "each of our professional-service providers," such as lawyers, engineers, and bond underwriters, detailing the turnpike's code of conduct and professional-services procurement policy, adopted in 2012.
Compton said he would ensure that "every employee understands that they are encouraged to come forward if they witness inappropriate conduct, and will be supported for doing so."
Compton said the steps "signify a clean break from any past offenses."
Even so, the Turnpike Commission continues to fight lawsuits from former employees who contend they were fired for trying to expose corruption at the agency. When state Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced the charges last week, she and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said turnpike whistle-blowers had suffered for their actions.
And the five turnpike commissioners remain unchanged.
One of them, former state Senate Majority Leader J. William Lincoln, told the grand jury under a grant of immunity from prosecution that he accepted (and failed to report) gifts from contractors, including thousands of dollars in gift certificates for the luxury Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, from an engineering firm, Sucevic, Piccolomini & Kuchar Engineering Inc. of Uniontown.
Lincoln was also identified by the grand jury as a commissioner, along with former Commissioner Rubin, who solicited campaign contributions for Ed Rendell's gubernatorial campaigns from engineering firms that regularly got work from the turnpike.
Lincoln could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
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