SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council voted 6-2 Monday to approve a higher pay range for Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco. He's currently the highest-paid city employee at nearly $245,000 a year.
A council committee last week recommended an increase of as much as $120,000. A spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray said Carrasco could get about $305,000 if the new salary range was approved.
It is up to the mayor to set the salary for the head of Seattle City Light. The new range takes effect July 1.
Murray says Carrasco deserves the raise to remain competitive with other utility directors.
The Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the utility hired an online reputation-management company last year to drown out critical stories about Carrasco in search results. City Light said it spent more than $17,000 on the contract with Brand.com.