SEATTLE -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Wednesday said he will not raise the salary of City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco, one of the highest paid employees of the city.
"It's become a political football," Murray said Wednesday during a news conference announcing the city's new transportation head.
Murray said he was not pleased about City Light's contract with a private PR firm that tried to make Carrasco and City Light look better in the public eye. Earlier this month, The Seattle Times reported City Light spent more than $17,000 to remove unflattering stories about Carrasco on the Internet.
Murray said City Light has a long period of "dysfunction;" for that reason, he's holding off on giving Carrasco a raise. Murray also said he wants better oversight of city contracts.
Carrasco's $245,000 a year makes him the second-highest paid employee in the city, after new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole. Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council approved a higher salary range for Carrasco, which Mayor Murray needed to approve.
Last week, City Light admitted Carrasco was duped by two scammers who stole $120,000 worth of copper wire from the utility company.
And in an unusual move, City Light, in response to a public disclosure request by The Seattle Times, released a four-year history of energy consumption and billing for Carrasco.