- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2001

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams has selected Stanley Jackson to replace Milton Bailey as head of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.
The appointment, to be announced at a press briefing today, is the second major administrative shuffle in a month.
Mr. Jackson, currently D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi's chief of staff, will become the third director of the housing agency in almost three years. He has worked for the city government since 1981 in various positions in the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue and has held his current position since May 2000.
Mr. Bailey, who began his career in city government almost two decades ago in the administration of Marion Barry, was appointed to his position about one year ago. He is credited with reforming the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, where he served as director from 1994 to 2000. A city spokesman said it is uncertain whether Mr. Bailey will leave the administration altogether or receive another appointment.
Mr. Jackson and Mr. Bailey were unavailable for comment.
City sources said that Mr. Bailey is yet another casualty of clashes that reform-minded agency heads have with senior administration officials.
Last week, city officials announced the resignation of Communications Director Joan Logue-Kinder, hired two months ago. Ms. Logue-Kinder officially resigned to pursue other career opportunities. But city sources said that Ms. Logue-Kinder made crucial mistakes early on and lacked "chemistry" with the mayor. Other city officials said the former Treasury Department spokeswoman was put into an impossible position: trying to make changes in an administration that gave her little "wiggle room" or access to the mayor.
Critics of the mayor say that three years into a first term is too long for the Williams administration to have failed to install a stable senior management team.
"It's the latest string of in and out," said one city source, who declined to be named. "This constant shifting hurts agencies and is providing for a lack of continuity."
But administration officials said it is normal for governments to go through periodic staff changes, particularly as it is difficult for government to compete with higher salary scales in the private sector.
"It's an issue in every city," said Tony Bullock, the interim Communication Department director, who was appointed last week. "Some stay in public service at considerable sacrifice of income. They can't do that too many years."
Mr. Bullock said the changes are not leading to instability in the city administration and praised Mr. Bailey's and Mr. Jackson's skills as administrators.
The appointment follows one earlier this month of Kelvin J. Robinson as the mayor's third chief of staff, preceded by Abdusalam Omer and Reba Pittman Evans. Until February, Mr. Robinson was director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Florida League of Cities.
Over the past two years, several other high-level administration officials have resigned, including Elliot Branch, the administration's third procurement chief; City Administrator Norman Dong; Department of Public Works Director Vanessa Dale Burns; and D.C. Fire Chief Donald Edwards.


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