Despite some misgivings about his management style and a few items on the to-do list still undone, stable finances and rate payer satisfaction meant easy reconfirmation for Jorge Carrasco. The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 this afternoon to keep the City Light superintendent for another four years. (The ninth council member, Tom Rasmussen, was absent.) Local 77, which counts about 500 high-voltage electrical workers among its membership, ultimately supported Carrasco-- though the union said earlier this year it wouldn't bless his reconfirmation. Union representatives did not return repeated requests for comment, but some members indicated that the move may have had something to do with upcoming contract negotiations. The other union representing City Light employees, Local 17, didn't take a position on the super staying.
Says Energy and Technology Committee Chairman Bruce Harrell:
"Change is not easy. There has been significant change at the utility in the past four years and that has had an impact on the work force. Jorge has acknowledged that impact and has given the council his commitment to improving employee communications and internal relations."
Says Mayor Greg Nickels:
"Jorge achieved financial stability and system improvements during a period of great uncertainty in the electric utility industry."
"The success we have had in the past four years is due in great measure to the commitment and excellence of the men and women who work for Seattle City Light."