Governor LePage Selects Retired Chief Justice for Maine Turnpike Authority Board

May 23, 2011

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 23, 2011 Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage today announced the nomination of the Honorable Daniel Wathen to serve as a member of the Maine Turnpike Authority Board.

Wathen, of Augusta, served for 20 years on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, ten of which as the Chief Justice. He has served as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court. In private practice, Judge Wathen practiced both trial and transactional law and, more recently, as arbitrator, mediator, and court assigned special master. He is a graduate of Ricker College and the University of Maine School of Law where he served as editor-in -chief of the Maine Law Review.

“I am pleased to appoint Judge Wathen to lead the Board of the Maine Turnpike Authority,” said Governor LePage. “Judge Wathen is the perfect candidate for this position. He brings integrity and impeccable credentials to an authority whose reputation is recovering from revelations of fiscal improprieties. I expect that he, in conjunction with interim Executive Director Peter Mills, will restore focus at the MTA to the turnpike.”

Maine Turnpike Authority Board members must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation and confirmed by the full Senate. If confirmed, Judge Wathen is expected to be named as Chairman of the Board.