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Seattle City Light CEO first denies asking mayor for raise, now admits he did

Seattle City Light CEO

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco

SEATTLE —  First he denied asking the mayor for a higher salary, now Seattle City Light says in fact its CEO did ask for a raise after all.

Last week KIRO Radio asked Jorge Carrasco ‘did you ask for a raise?’

To which he answered ‘No.  I think the, the – no I didn’t.  I did not ask for a raise.’

After follow-up questions to the mayor from multiple news organizations, late Monday Seattle City Light issued a brief statement titled ‘Carrasco Expands on Answer Regarding Salary.’

“Carrasco did encourage Mayor Murray to recommend a pay band increase to the Seattle City Council in line with a 2013 market study of his position,” reads part of the statement. “In so doing, he hoped it would result in a salary increase.”

No apology was included in the response and a spokesperson for Seattle City Light declined to make Carrasco available for an interview to further explain this expanded answer.

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5 comments

  • Elaine

    He should be ashamed of himself. To give him a raise that cost is handed down to the people who pay for their services. That comes at a time when people are being taxed out of a living wage and he already makes far more then most people.

  • Captain E

    Anyone who lies to save face or get ahead, lacks integrity. Anyone who lies about lying, lacks honor. This man is an irresponsible clown. And, the wage does NOT make it competitive. That is an illusion. It's nonsense spouted by inept leadership in an attempt to fool the sheep. It will work on many but not if you shed light on it for what it is – a sham. Post the job when he quits. You will see REAL, innovative talent that will make any of Jorge Korasko's accolades small in comparison.

  • Josh

    I don't get it. What am I missing? Granted he lied, but is he not entitled to ask for a raise? I obviously don't know the whole story here.