Housing Chief Is Latest D.C. Shuffle

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Byline: Jabeen Bhatti

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. …