Sharon Pratt Dixon's mayoral transition team met again yesterday amid reports that a former District housing official is being considered for the job of city administrator, but a Dixon spokesman said there is no "short list" of such candidates.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr., chairman of Dixon's transition committee, dismissed as "totally bogus" television and newspaper reports that Dixon aides are considering former public housing chief Alphonso Jackson for the job of city administrator, the highest nonelected post in D.C. government.
"He is not under consideration," Jordan said of Jackson. "Sharon Dixon does not know Al Jackson, and she has not talked with Al Jackson."
After Mayor Marion Barry appointed him director of the District's troubled public housing program in early 1987, Jackson promised to shake up the program and achieve substantial rehabilitation of public housing within two years.
Jackson quit D.C. government in December 1988, when he was chosen to head the housing authority in Dallas, his home town.
Jackson, still the head of the Dallas authority, was in Washington yesterday for meetings with federal officials.
He could not be reached for comment.
Some political observers outside the Dixon camp said yesterday that they believed that, contrary to Jordan's assertion, Jackson is on a short list of candidates for city administrator, a post responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the D.C. government.
Patricia M. Worthy, chairman of the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the city, also has been mentioned as a possible contender for city administrator.
Dixon said several weeks ago that Worthy was not then under consideration because Worthy wanted to stay at the commission.
Worthy is a member of a search committee on the Dixon transition team that will identify candidates for the Cabinet and other key positions in the new administration. She could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Pam Taylor, the transition team's press secretary, said yesterday that Dixon will name three to six members to the transition team tomorrow and will receive from the Barry administration briefing books and status reports on "every agency, office and operation" of D.C. government.
Jordan said he and Dixon had a private lunch yesterday after a two-hour meeting of the transition committee.
Other aides said Dixon plans to start a six-day vacation Thursday, adding they were unsure where she intends to spend it.
Before starting her vacation, Dixon hopes to win D.C. Council passage today of emergency legislation barring Barry from signing contracts worth more than $1 million for services or office space.
Meanwhile, real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles, a friend of the mayor's who has been negotiating a lease agreement with the city for office space in the H street corridor, said last night that he will urge Barry to submit the lease to the council for approval.
Last week Peebles said he and the administration had agreed to table the proposal until Dixon takes office rather than finalizing it in the administration's waning days. But after a WRC-TV (Channel 4) report last night that questioned the deal, Peebles said he would urge Barry to proceed.
"The council members are entitled to have an opportunity to examine the facts and figures regarding this project," he said.
Under the agreement, the D.C. Department of Human Services would lease a building at 642 H Street NE for 40 years for total payments of $40.9 million, then own it. "It's the best economic deal the city's ever done," Peebles said.
Staff writers Mary Ann French and David Hilzenrath contributed to this report.