PA Turnpike CEO Resigns

         A change of leadership coming up at the  Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.  Chief Executive Officer Roger E. Nutt announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down effective on October 31, 2012.  Nutt had been CEO of the Turnpike Commission since March 2011. His salary was $196,700 a year.

In a letter to Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman and the other members of the Commission, Nutt cited health concerns for his decision to resign his position.

“I have decided that, for my long-term health, it is best I resign at this time,” Nutt said.

   Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Nutt worked in senior-level positions at various New Jersey transportation agencies for 28 years, including serving as executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey Highway Authority and the New Jersey Transit Corporation.

In his resignation letter, Nutt cited a number of his most important accomplishments. They include the adoption of a new professional services procurement process; the major expansion of the Turnpike’s capital-improvement program; and the creation of two new Commission offices, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Compliance.

Earlier this year Auditor General Jack Wagner released a report that warned the commission is overloaded with debt and in danger of default on it financial obligations to the state under Act 44 because of a revenue shortfall. And that the commision was borrowing millions against future earnings to keep up the payments.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Chief Operating Officer Craig Shuey will serve as Acting CEO beginning on November 1, 2012 until a permanent replacement is named.