Patrick J. Griffin, formerly the secretary for the Democratic members of the U.S. Senate's, has joined Burson-Marsteller as senior vice president and head of its expanded government relations division, a new position. Griffin, who has held the Senate's top Democratic staff position since his election to that post by Democratic senators in 1983, will assume his new duties with the New York-based public relations firm next month.

Gray & Co., a Washington government and public relations firm, has named Donald F. Massey senior vice president of its government relations division. Massey, a graduate of the George Washington University Law Center, was formerly chief counsel of the Senate Appropriations Committee and deputy sergeant-at-arms.

NYNEX Corp., the regional phone company created to serve New York and New England following the divestiture of AT&T, has appointed Richard C. Adler manager of public relations in its Washington office. Adler, who has degrees from George Washington and American universities, was formerly manager of public relations with the American Trucking Associations Inc.

Washingtonian magazine has appointed Lynne Cheney and Randy Rieland senior editors. Cheney, formerly an associate editor with the magazine, writes "Washingtoniana," a monthly column on things unique to the Washington area. Rieland, formerly articles editor for the magazine, helped found Real Estate Washington, a business magazine now called Regardie's.

RCA Cylix Communications Network Inc. has appointed Bill Covell manager of its federal marketing division. He was formerly with Paradyne Corp.

Alan S. Wiesberg, formerly the director of human resources at the Times Journal Co., has been named director of administration for the Springfield newspaper publisher. Marianne Lester, editor of The Times Magazine, the monthly supplement to the company's three military journals, has been named editor of Federal Times following the retirement of Tom Scanlan. Scanlan, 60, is leaving after nearly 34 years with the Army Times Publishing Co. Succeeding Lester is Barry Robinson, formerly managing editor of the magazine and the Times Features Service. Donna Peterson, an editor of supplements to the Times military papers, will succeed Robinson. Finally, Patricia White-Williams, a graduate of Howard University, has been named library director for the Army Times Publishing Co. She replaces William Drach, who has retired.

Devillier-Donegan Enterprises, an international sales firm representing American independent film makers and public television stations, has appointed Susan Lynn Stone director of sales administration. For the last four years, Stone was project manager for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's office of international activities.