Excellent piece by The Seattle Times’ Jim Brunner today on Seattle’s contracting $47,500 to improve the Google search results for the city’s highest paid administrator, Jorge Corrasco. Corrasco, already paid $245,000 annually for leading Seattle City Light, is under consideration for a nutty $120,000 raise.

While the city has cut the contract short, here’s a pdf of the cached Huffington Post article and on Archive.org (via @pmocek), since removed from their site (HuffPost has not removed other articles by the author). Here are some other placements of the same article: the author’s site, World News Headlines (posted by Bob),  Tech Investor News and NEEA. Here’s another piece cited by Brunner as a result of the paid effort.

It’s mind-boggling to me that city administrators would ever consider spending this kind of money rehabilitating the public image of an employee.

I’ve also been critical of Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray’s need for two $170,000 deputy mayors.

Hopefully, Brunner’s disclosure will help the city council put the axe on Corrasco’s raise – and trigger a review of policy within the city’s administrative ranks.


Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.

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