Julian R. Dugas has accepted a job at Howard University, effectively removing himself from the day-to-day operations of the District of Columbia government in which he once served as second-in-command.

City personel director George R. Harrod said Dugas, who had been city administrator under former mayor Walter E. Washington, began a new job, effective yesterday, as a special assistant to Howard President James E. Cheek.

Harrod said Dugas technically remains a city employe, will retain his civil service protection and continue to be paid $47,500 a year. "Hehs on loan from the District government to Howard University," Harrod said.

But the new position effectively takes Dugas out of even the makeshift job he had held in the city's personnel office for the last eight days. On Jan. 24, Mayor Marion Barry had removed Dugas as director of the city's Department of Licenses, Inspections and Investigations.

Harrod also said that Dugas probably will relinguish chairmanship of the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Mayor Washington had reappointed Dugas, a longtime friend, to a three-year term as ABC Board chairman after Washington lost the September Democratic mayoral primary to Barry.

"It was not done to get him off the board. The mayor has authority to just take him off if he wants. That's clear," Harrod said of the new job assignment. "Mr. Dugas will just not be able to discharge his duties as chairman of the ABC Board and discharge the duties on his new job, too. He's not going to have time to be running back and forth," Harrod said.

Removing Dugas from city government had been a major goal of the Barry administration and was accomplished after a month of personal negotiations.

Dugas, a graduate of Howard University Law School, had developed a reputation as the epitome of alleged indifference, cronyism and strong influence from the city's old-line business community in the Washington administration.

As the mayor's one-time chief contact with the City Council, he frowned upon the city legislature, forbidding some aides from testifying before it. He shouted down citizens at public meetings and once vetoed legislation in the mayor's absence. He cursed reporters and once sloughed off the council's desire to establish a city office of business development on grounds that the city already had such an office in him.

Dugas sereved as the mayor's principal contact with the city's business community and as such, according to knowledgeable sources, became an invaluable help in attracting campaign financing when Washington ran for election in 1974.

After Mayor Washington lost, Dugas left the city administrator's post he had held since 1975 and returned to his former job as head of the licensing department, where he had been seen for six years as having virtually complete control over vital city licenses and permits.

Dugas has been a city employe since 1953 and, at age 60, could have retired when Barry took office Jan. 2. But according to severl friends, Dugas wanted to remain in city government in order to earn greater retirement benefits.

Harrod said the loan arrangement reached with Howard University has no time limit although such agreements, common in government, usually last one or two years and can be renewed. About half of Dugas' salary will be paid by the university, Harrod said.

"He's on the rolls of the District government," Harrod said, "so hypothetically he could come back to the District."

Harrod said Dugas' role will be to act as a liaison between the school and city government in projects of mutual interest. No one has held such a post previously, Harrod said. "He (Dugas) was a natural choice for the job," Harrod said. CAPTION:

Picture, JULIAN R. DUGAS... former city administrator