Carrasco to Stay at City Light; Arizona Job Goes to Insider

By Erica C. Barnett April 26, 2011

In an email this afternoon, City Light director Jorge Carrasco told City Light employees that he did not get a job he applied for at the Salt River Project, a public utility in Phoneix, Arizona.

Carrasco was one of five finalists for the job, which pays between $500,000 and $700,000 a year, and one of just two finalists recruited from outside the utility. The AP in Arizona is reporting the utility chose Salt River Project chief financial executive and associate general manager of Commercial and Customer Services Mark Bonsall to fill the position.

In the email, subject-lined "Northwest Weather," Carrasco wrote:
I wanted to share some news with you.  Salt River Project in Phoenix announced today that it has selected an internal candidate as its next General Manager.

I appreciated the invitation by their board to meet with them.  While I did not seek this opportunity, it was nice to be considered.  Ultimately, the board decided they needed a skill set and background that only an internal candidate could offer.

My wife and I are not disappointed at this outcome.  We are happy in Seattle and have many friends and personal attachments here.  I am very committed to my community work with The Nature Conservancy of Washington and the Seattle Community College District.  And, my wife will be able to continue teaching at Forest Ridge - something she loves.

Just as important, I will be able to continue the progress we have made during the last seven-plus years here at City Light to become the best electric utility in the country.  I appreciate your efforts in seeing our vision become reality.

I am looking forward to continue to work with you on our key priorities - enhancing customer service, supporting the excellent team of employees here at City Light, investing in our assets, protecting the environment, and ensuring the financial stability of the utility.

And most of all, who could leave this fabulous Northwest Weather?

Carrasco has been superintendent of city light since February 2004. He is currently the highest paid city employee, making $225,057.
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