Seattle mayor: no raise for City Light chief

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he won't give the head of City Light a pay raise, citing what he called issues of "judgment and trust."

The City Council recently authorized a pay increase of as much as $119,000 for Jorge Carrasco, who currently makes $245,000. Murray's office previously had said he was considering raising Carrasco's pay by $60,000.

The Seattle Times reports ( ) that Murray made his comments Wednesday at a news conference.

Murray told reporters he wasn't pleased to learn about City Light's contract with The utility spent more than $17,000 in public money on the contract, which was aimed heavily at altering Google search results for Carrasco's name.

The mayor also cited a copper theft scam. Authorities say 20 tons of wire valued at $120,000 was taken. Charges were filed, and the wire was recovered by police.

Murray says he'll ask for an independent study to recommend an appropriate salary for the position.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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