Patrick J. Maher and Jeremiah K. Hughitt have been promoted to president and vice chairman, respectively, of Washington Gas Light Co., the company has announced.

Donald J. Heim is relinquishing his post as president but will remain as chairman and chief executive, the company said.

Both Maher and Hughitt were executive vice presidents of the utility. It said a third executive vice president, Richard C. Vierbuchen, will retire in April but will go on leave next month.

Washington Gas Light said all three executive vice president posts are being eliminated in an effort to streamline management ranks.

"We are trying to reduce the layers of management, to reduce the number of steps in the organization," said Heim.

Maher is in charge of WGL's customer service and Hughitt is in charge of gas operations. Both will report to Heim.

Under the streamlining, WGL's operations in Maryland, Virginia and the District will report directly to the president instead of an executive vice president.

By eliminating management layers, we "should improve communication within the organization and improve the accuracy of what we do," Maher said.

WGL has cut its staff by 10 percent in the past five years through attrition. The company now has about 2,700 employes.

"There have not been enough people involved at one time to make an immediate impact on the company's costs. You cannot put your finger on it and say this is where the savings occurred. But by removing management layers, we operate more efficiently and effectively," Heim said.

The company announced three other executive changes.

Reginald C. Fuller has been named chief financial officer and vice president in charge of finance, information systems and audit activities; Robert A. Sykes is the new vice president of human resources, and Roy J. Kahn is vice president of general services.

ASSOCIATIONS

The Foundation for Public Affairs, an affiliate of the Public Affairs Council appointed Leslie Swift-Rosenzweig executive director of the foundation.

Nancy Bryant has been named vice president of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

The Washington Building Congress Inc., a construction industry association in the District, named William H. Doggett president for the 1987-88 term.

The Mental Health Association appointed Charles T. Niu financial director.

The D.C. Association of Realtors named Eileen Vaughan assistant vice president of member services, Margaret Carnathan assistant vice president for administration, and Barbara Zweig director of education.

The Organization for the Protection and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies appointed Richard F. Scarino controller and Linda M. Buckley director of public relations.

The Northern Virginia chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks has elected Randall W. Byrnes president.

BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES Citizens Bank and Trust Co. of Maryland appointed Jeffrey R. Springer president and chief operating officer. He replaces Robert Bone, who had been president of the bank since 1980.

Skyline Financial Services Corp., a subsidiary of SKL Holdings Corp. in Falls Church, named William Daniel Sullivan executive vice president and general counsel. Skyline Mortgage Co., SKL's mortgage banking subsidiary, named J. Donald Klink president and chief executive.

Dart Financial Corp., a division of Dart Group Corp., appointed Linda Haft senior vice president.

Wapora Inc., an environmental and hazardous waste management firm in Rosslyn, appointed Richard H. Struble director of technical services for hazardous waste.

Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates Inc., a Rockville financial planning firm, appointed Jeff C. Wahlbrink financial planner.

Columbia First Federal Savings & Loan Association named Thomas P. FitzGibbon Jr. executive vice president, in charge of all lending operations. C. Gay Harrell Jr. is new executive vice president of the bank's corporate support division.

United Savings Bank appointed Dennis M. Coombe senior vice president of lending.

COMMUNICATIONS D. Travis Engen has been appointed president and chief executive of the ITT Defense Technology Corp. in Washington, a subsidiary of ITT Corp.

Advanced Telecom Inc. of Rockville appointed Walter S. McKee president and chief executive.

Diane Williams Murphy is president and chief executive of Federal City Communications Corp. in the District. The company named Anne Wall director of graphics and advertising, Vicki Fox administrative assistant and Raymond Long direct mail consultant.

Public Broadcasting Service has named Steven M. Bass director of its national corporate support department. This department was formed to boost business support of public television.

Contel Corp.'s Federal Systems Sector named Jack W. Pinto vice president of business development, Donna K. Lauby director of human resources programs, and Donald W. Wiles vice president of engineering for the applied systems division of Contel Federal Systems sector.

The Times Journal Co. named Tom Donnelly editor of Army Times, P.J. Budahn editor of the Times news service and Lee Ewing editor of Air Force Times.

MCI Telecommunications Corp. named Thomas W. Decrosta director of operations support for the mid-Atlantic division in Arlington.

Henry J. Kaufman & Associates, a communications firm in the District, promoted Maria Ivancin to vice president for media and research.

COMPUTER, HIGH TECHNOLOGY RJO Enterprises Inc. appointed Marilyn Rogers manager of internal audit in the finance department and Jay Fredman manager of business development.

Bruce E. Beckert has been named manager of the Washington office of Spectrum Technology Group Inc.

Micros Systems Inc. gave Reay Sterling Jr., currently president and chief operating officer, the additional title of chief executive officer.

Edward J. Mulvaney has been named vice president of marketing and sales at Star Technologies Inc. in Sterling.

CompuDyne in Annapolis assigned George L. McFadden Jr., corporate vice president, the added responsibility of managing the firm's international operations.

GOVERNMENT The Transportation Department appointed S. Fred Singer, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, as chief scientist.

HEALTH Manor HealthCare Corp. in Silver Spring named Richard F. Lazarnick vice president of marketing and James Clifford vice president of operations.

HOTEL, FOOD SERVICES Dupont Plaza Hotel named Lynne Breaux Cooper director of catering and Rudy Salhus resident manager.

INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING Gregory F. Jennings joined A.G. Van Metre Jr. Cos. as president. Van Metre, headquartered in Alexandria, operates a fleet of dump trucks in the area.

Primark Corp. in McLean elected Steven Lazarus, president and chief executive of Argonne National Laboratory/The University of Chicago Development Corp., to its board.

Thulman Eastern Corp. in Ellicott City appointed Rod Hempel president of the southeast region.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Rogers & Cowan Inc. named Bernard J. Cummings vice president of corporate affairs and Florence Taussig senior publicist in the media relations department.

Roger J. Mattson has been named partner and vice president of Scientech Inc. He is in charge of establishing a Washington office for the engineering management firm, which is based in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

John D. Chapman joined Advanced Placement Services Inc. of Bethesda as branch manager of its temporary services department.

Rowan & Blewitt Inc., an issue management firm in the District, appointed Erin P. Donovan director of issue communications and Linda L. Fisher associate director of the firm's research division called the center for communications dynamics.

The Billett Group Inc., a Columbia public relations and marketing firm, has named Vincent A. Campanella vice president and group supervisor and John E. Burk Jr. senior vice president.

Robert M. Kimmitt, general counsel of the Treasury since June 1985, is joining the law firm of Sidley & Austin as a partner.

Burson-Marsteller appointed Michael D. Kehs senior account executive in the Washington office.

Henry J. Kaufman & Associates promoted Maria Ivancin to president of media and research.

REAL ESTATE The Associated Companies, a real estate development firm in Bethesda, has named Arthur G. Rosenberg vice president of acquisitions.

Corey Burr joined Burr, Morris & Pardoe Inc. in Chevy Chase to work on sale and leasing of residential property.

TRANSPORTATION Thomas L. Finkbiner has been named assistant vice president of international and intermodal marketing for Norfolk Southern Corp. based in Norfolk.