Edward R. Padilla, vice president of the newspaper division of the Washington Post Company, has been named president and publisher of the Trenton Times in New Jersey, a newspaper owned by the Washington Post Company.

Padilla, who joined the Washington Post Company in January, 1978, will hold both jobs, according to Washington Post Company president Mark J. Meagher. As vice president of the newspaper division Padilla oversees the Trenton paper, the Everett Herald in Washington State, newsprint purchasing and corporate paper manufacturing and warehousing operations for the Washington Post Company.

At the same time he was named president and publisher of the Trenton Times, Padilla announced the appointment of three vice presidents for the New Jersey newspaper.

Robert Bentley, editor; James Bennett, operations director, and Angus Twombly, marketing director, will become vice presidents, he said.

The Trenton Times serves approximately 73,000 readers daily and 85,500 readers sundays in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Washington Post Company acquired the newspaper in 1974.

Before Padilla came to the Washington Post Company, he worked as president and general manager of the Sacramento Union in California. He also had worked for the Miami Herald. Padilla has a degree in industrial management from the University of Miami.

Bentley is in charge of news and editorial matters at the Trenton Times. Bennett will oversee manufacturing and maintenance operations and data processing systems. Twombly will be responsible for circulation promotion and advertising.