City Light CEO apologizes for copper scam, says he still deserves raise

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 6:59 PM

SEATTLE  -- A day after Mayor Ed Murray shot down a proposed five-digit pay raise for him, Seattle City Light chief Jorge Carrasco says he still deserves a raise despite the mayor's concerns.

The City Light CEO says he hasn't had a pay raise for more than ten years.

“The pay band for this position should have been adjusted every two years. It was supposed to be adjusted on a biennial basis,” Carrasco said during a news conference Thursday. “I've alluded to an ordinance that provides that it be done and it wasn't done.”

Carassco apologized for falling for a copper theft scam and for signing a contract with an online reputation firm to polish his image. He said he should be judged on his overall performance over ten and a half years.

“I'm committed to making sure these things don't happen again. And we put controls in place to make sure that's the case,” said Carrasco.

Carrasco, who currently makes $245,000 a year, said over the years he's been approached several times regarding "other opportunities," but chose to stay in Seattle. 

Watch the his full news conference Thursday here.

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