A news account yesterday incorrectly named Carroll Swanson as the District of Columbia's assistant city administrator for program operations. That post is held by Carroll B. Harvey. Swanson is a D.C. employe who served until recently in the Department of Housing and Community Development.
A high-ranking official in the Marion Barry administration disclosed yesterday that Thomas A. Wilkins will be removed soon as head of the District of Columbia's troubled Department of Labor.
The official, who declined to be identified, made the disclosure after Barry told a meeting of about 150 departmental employes that he will announce a shake-up in the agency in a week to 10 days.
Barry has described the department -- with its mission of finding and creating jobs for city residents, notably out-of-work black youths -- as a keystone of his economic development program.
Without mentioning Wilkins, who sat glum-faced on the platform in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library auditorium, Barry said he expects "very shortly to bring about some stability [in the department], to put people in place permanently."
Wilkins, 50, has been acting director since the 750-employe department was created last June in a reorganization of the old D.C. Department of Manpower. Most of Wilkins' key subordinates also are holding their jobs on an acting basis.
The department has been frequently criticized for bureaucratic snarls and infighting, including accusations of favoritism and cronyism. Some top officials in the administration of former mayor Walter E. Washington were often privately critical of the department's operations.
During a question and answer period yesterday, several employes openly criticized the departmental leadership. One employe, Gordon McNellis, asked when Barry would bring "competent leadership to the department so we can begin to serve" the public.
As some employes applauded, Barry commented, "That's what I call a courage question... I am not yet at liberty to disclose... any specifics."
Barry said he had been unhappy with U.S. Department of Labor reports in past years that rated the city agency's performance as "satisfactory to marginal... I belive in excellence."
Those ratings applied in 1877 to the department's federally financed programs to train and place young people in jobs in the construction industry and other fields.
"We are going to have to shape out the entire [city] government or we are going to ship out some people who do not shape up," Barry said. "That's a clear message. That's English."
Wilkins would be the fifth high ranking administrator to be removed since Barry became mayor Jan. 2.
Barry reassigned Lorenzo W. Jacobs from the Department of Housing and Community Development to a newly created post in the city's personnel office and persuaded Julian W. Dugas, the city administrator under Mayor Washington, to leave the Department of Licenses, Inspections and Investigations for a post at Howard University.
Barry also removed James W. Baldwin as director of the city's Office of Human Rights and Ben W. Gilbert as director of the old municipal planning office.
Wilkins became head of the city's manpower office in 1972 when it was part of the U.S. Department of Labor. It was brought under city jurisdiction when home rule went into effect in 1975.
A GS-16 with civil service protection, Wilkins earns $47,500 a year.
At yesterday's meeting, Carroll A. Swanson, assistant city administrator for program operations, announced the start of a new analysis of problems within all city agencies.
Middle-ranking officials have been told to submit evaluations of their offices and other information to Swanson. Swanson said the evaluations will not be edited by their supervisors. However, supervisors can file their own separate comments, Swanson said.