The D.C Board of Elections and Ethics and a lawyer for its former executive director, Norval E. Perkins, are negotiating a plan to end the six-months personnel furor between Perkins and the board by making Perkins executive director of the newly formed D.C. Gambling Commission according to knowledgeable sources.
If the plan is agreed to, one source said; Perkins could receive an estimated $18,000 in back pay after being momentarily reinstated to his old position. He would then immediately be "detailed" as the executive director to the 23-member commission, which is studying the feasibility of legal gambling in the city.
In return, Perkins would agree to resign when the commission's life span expires in mid-June,He would also withdrew and agree never to renew his suit in D.C. Superior Court contending that, the baord owes him $125,000 in damages the sources said.
The board also would withdraw its pending appeal to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, which asks reconsideration of a Jan. 27 CSC order reinstating Perkins to his old position.
Perkins refused to comment yesterday on the negotiations.
A source famililar with the negotiations said an agreement could be reached within days if the parties could concur on the exact amount of money that Perkins is to receive. But that agreement probably would have to be approved in court, the source said, because resignation letter can sometimes be withdrawn.
Late last summer following many months of bitter internal debate the board implemented a reorganization plan that eliminated Perkins' job. Perkins was then laid off as part of a "reduction in force" operation
The board had been trying for sometime to get rid of Perkins, who, as the city's elections chief had presided over a series of election-day mishaps that included one primary in which ballot counts $99(WORD ILLEGIBLE) days after election day.
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On April 4, MAyor Walter F. Washington temporarily reinstated Joseph P. Yeldell, who had been suspended Dec. 3 as director of the D.C. Department of Human Resources in the wake of published allegations of nepotism, cronyism and conflict of interest. After three days at his old job, Yeldell was made a general assistant to the mayor.
Perkins permanent return as elections director was viewed by board because of the hostility that had developed between the board and the former elections chief last year, sources close to the board said.
Because of the city's personnel regulations, perkins could not be fired. As gambling commission director, Perkins would retain his GS-15 rank and $38,000 a year salary. He would have a staf f of at least two persons.