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Subject:   Seattle City Council Votes Unanimous Reconfirmation of Seattle City Light Superintendent
For Immediate Release:   
6/23/2008  7:15:00 PM
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Contact: Alex Fryer, 206.684.8358 or 206.423.4541 (cell)
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Suzanne Hartman, 206.615.0050 or 206.619.5899 (cell)
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SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council today voted 8 - 0 to reconfirm Seattle City Light Superintendent, Jorge Carrasco, for another four years. Mayor Greg Nickels asked the City Council to reappoint Carrasco earlier this year.

"When I submitted Superintendent Carrasco's name to the Council in 2004 it was at a time of enormous turmoil and financial instability at the utility," stated Mayor Nickels. "Jorge has done what I asked him to do - put City Light back on solid financial footing, and reform the organization to improve customer service and reliability. He has also provided forward-looking leadership to set the direction for City Light's second century of service to the people of Seattle. Add to that, we were able to realize a rate reduction for 2007/2008 when other electric utilities were raising rates."

"Change is not easy," added Councilmember Bruce Harrell. "But Carrasco has led significant progress at the utility in the past four years. More challenges remain in the areas of conservation, infrastructure investments and strengthening the organizational culture and morale. Jorge is the right leader to tackle these challenges and has earned another four years at the helm."

Seattle City Light has a workforce of 1800 and a customer base of more than 380,000 accounts representing three-quarters of a million individuals. City Light's operating budget is $1 billion. Always a leader in energy conservation efforts, City Light was the first utility in the country to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and plans to meet load growth through increased conservation and new, renewable energy sources.

"I am honored and humbled by the support of the Mayor and the Council," says Superintendent Carrasco. "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. I am looking forward to building on this success, and the proud hundred year tradition of public power we've enjoyed here in Seattle.

To view the Council action on reconfirmation, please visit Seattle City Council.

For more information about the city of Seattle's climate protection activities, visit this Web site: www.seattlecan.org
 

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