Mayor Marion Barry yesterday rescinded his appointment of Guy Draper as the city's chief of protocol in the wake of the disclosure that Draper received $15,000 in city funds before ever completing a feasibility study to determine if the city needed a protocol chief.
Dwight S. Cropp, Barry's executive secretary, issued a statement late yesterday saying that Draper's appointment earlier this month had been "premature" because the report had not been received and because there were no funds available for the office.
Cropp said Draper would revert to acting chief of protocol and continue in that capacity until a decision on establishing such an office is made. Yesterday's directive would not, however, require Draper to give back any of the money he received from the city, the mayor's office said.
Draper, a 37-year-old public relations specialist, began working as acting chief of protocol and international affairs late last summer. For months, the mayor's office insisted that he was not being paid, and was working on a report to determine if a protocol office was necessary for the District.
Last week, however, the mayor's office acknowledged that Cropp signed two contracts last year authorizing the payment of $15,000 to Draper to carry out the feasibility study. When asked if the contract was not a way of indirectly paying Draper a salary, Cropp responded, "He was not paid for operational duties. He was paid for research."
Insiders in the Barry administration were concerned after the disclosure that the contract had not been properly let. It was not illegal, these sources said, but could raise questions about the functioning of the administration that might be politically embarassing.
Draper, in a statement issued by the mayor's office yesterday, said that a final draft of the report would be given to Cropp next week.