Seattle mayor: no raise for City Light chief

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said 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.

Murray told reporters Wednesday at a news conference he wasn’t pleased to learn about City Light’s contract with Brand.com. 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 said 20 tons of wire valued at $120,000 was taken. Charges were filed, and the wire was recovered by police.

Murray said he’ll ask for an independent study to recommend an appropriate salary for the position.

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