D.C. City Council member Wilhelmina J. Rolark (D-Ward 8) charged yesterday that the transfers of two council staff employes from a federal job program to the city's own payroll "violates the spirit and intend" of council policy.
In a press release critizing Council Chairman Sterling Tucker, Rolark said the transfers of Lorethea program to the city payroll should have been reviewed by the full council.
Both got their councils jobs under the Comprehernsive Education and Training Act (CETA) program designed to aid unemployed and underprivileged people.
Davis is the wife of an affluent dentist who is treasurer of Tucker's mayoral campaign. Winter is the son of council member Nadine Winter (D-Ward 6), who has disavowed any role in her son's hiring or transfer.
The circumstances of their hiring was questioned in a Labor Department report last week that recommended a curtailment of the council's participation in the CETA program.
Council member Marion Barry (D-At Large), talking to reporters, also criticized the Winter transfer to a council administrative post, saying he did not necessarily oppose it "but I object because I didn't know anything about it." He said he did not object to Davis because her transfer was to Tucker's personal office staff.
Tucker issued a press release titled, "Response to Rolark," which insisted the transfers were entirely appropriate. He said there is no current policy on such transfers, although the council voted Monday to draft and adopt one by mid-August.
Rolark supports Mayor Walter E. Washington for reelection, while Tucker and Barry are his principal rivals.