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July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

City management: Seattle officials rewarding poor performance

Resignations should come over $40k bonus

The Seattle Times informed the public of Mayor Greg Nickels inappropriately paying a bonus to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. When the city cannot balance its budget and the superintendent allowed City Light to have a $90 million budget gap, there isn’t an acceptable reason to have paid Carrasco a discretionary bonus.

If Carrasco didn’t find his salary without a bonus acceptable in the current economy, he should be looking elsewhere; he clearly hasn’t been able to balance his own budget. Nickels’ authorization to pay him to stay, again, is unacceptable as was quoted in the article:

“Certainly, any kind of bonus should be scrutinized during tough times and flush times,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee. “But in the next two years, that utility’s going to need the best leadership possible, and Jorge has demonstrated the best leadership possible.”

Not only do I expect the council to scrutinize Nickels insensitive and incompetent actions regarding this bonus, I also expect the rest of Seattle City Council to scrutinize Harrell’s support of this bonus.

I am very hopeful that Harell does the right thing and resigns for supporting the bonus. We deserve top-notch leadership and neither Nickels nor Harrell represent the best that Seattle deserves.

— Henry M. Pierce, Seattle

Why do blundering transportation officials still have jobs?

After reading an article on city officials Grace Crunican and Paul Jackson Jr. [“Crunican: Promoting manager an error,” NWWednesday, July 8], it is absolutely beyond me why these two people still have their jobs.

We have the transportation chief, Crunican, acknowledging her inability to manage her staff. Isn’t that what her position is all about?

And then as a reward for gridlocking the city streets during the snowstorm, Jackson gets his old job back. I guess his “problematic management style” doesn’t affect his old position. Pity those poor employees.

So after a winter of discontent, a $515,000 contracted study, a reversal of opinions on personnel, I ask again: Why do these people still have their jobs?

— Michael Kaulakis, Port Angeles

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