Maurice T. Turner Jr. got a few smiles and gracious greetings, but the Republican candidate for D.C. mayor didn't find many city employees to convert to his camp at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center during lunchtime yesterday.

The former D.C. police chief said he wanted to tell city workers that his Democratic opponent in the race for mayor, Sharon Pratt Dixon, "is trying to put the blame on their backs for inefficiency in our political leaders and our chief executives."

But not many among the trickle of foot traffic in and out of the office building at 14th and U streets NW stopped for much more than a handshake.

Dixon, a lawyer, has promised to cut 2,000 upper- and middle-management jobs from the city payroll if she is elected in the Nov. 6 general election.

"There is bloat in the government, but you don't just haphazardly throw 2,000 people out of their jobs," said Turner. "If there are cuts to be made, the Turner administration is going to do it through hiring freezes and attrition."

Dixon, who spent the day consulting with party officials and mending fences with candidates she defeated in the Democratic primary, contended again yesterday that Turner's "policies and attitudes are schizoid."

"On the one hand, he becomes quite the Republican, in the sense that he's going to be tough on crime, but then he's suddenly out of character with the Republicans for not making certain {that} government is adequately streamlined and making it work," she said. "I want government to work. I believe in it."

Lon G. Walls, a spokesman who traveled with Turner yesterday, said Dixon's use of the word "schizoid" was a "callous use of the term if she was trying to suggest {Turner} is inconsistent, which he is not."

"It was a direct slap in the face" to the mentally ill of the city and those who care for them, Walls said.

Dixon said the "pure definition of {schizoid} doesn't have any kind of pejorative overtones," and called the Turner campaign "way out of line."

Several dictionaries define "schizoid" as an adjective describing someone who is afflicted with schizophrenia, a psychiatric condition that Webster's New World Dictionary says involves "a distortion of reality."

Dixon, who made political peace Thursday with D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4), had breakfast yesterday with council member John Ray (At Large); met at mid-morning with Council Chairman David A. Clarke; lunched with D.C. Democratic State Committee Chairman Joslyn Williams; and held an early afternoon meeting with D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy.

Dixon described the meetings as cordial and said, "I reiterated my philosophies, but only time will tell whether they are comfortable" with them. She added, however, that she is "very hopeful."

"I don't think she needs any advice," said Ray, who pledged his support during the coming weeks.

"We talked about the need to bring the party together, and how we would reach out and work together between now and November," Williams said.

Dixon was scheduled to entertain colleagues on the 70-member D.C. Democratic State Committee at her home last night. Only 12 of them openly supported her in the primary. She also met with members of the black-owned press yesterday and made campaign stops at a Metro station and at a neighborhood reunion.

Turner's schedule yesterday called for campaign stops at a ceremony sponsored by the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization at the East River Park Shopping Center, Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE, and at a National Executive Housekeepers Week awards presentation at Ramada TechWorld, Ninth Street and New York Avenue NW.