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June 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Council approves big pay raise for City Light CEO

The Seattle City Council today voted 6-2 to approve a raise of up to $120,000 for City Light Chief Executive Officer Jorge Carrasco.

Carrasco, already the highest-paid city employee at nearly $245,000 a year, now has a pay range up to $364,000, though a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray has said Carrasco would get about $305,000 in a salary hike.

The mayor had asked for the raise to be retroactive to Jan. 1, but the council declined and made it effective July 1.

The City Light executive salary is paid by utility customers and does not come from the city’s general fund.

Carrasco was a finalist for an Arizona public-power job in 2011 that paid between $500,000 and $700,000. Last August, then-Mayor Mike McGinn requested that Carrasco’s pay range be raised. The City Council did not act on the request.

City Light has signed two contracts worth $47,500 with an online reputation-management company to drown out critical stories in search results and replace them with more positive items, including stories about Carrasco.

Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant voted against the raise. Councilmember Bruce Harrell was absent.

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