D.C. Mayor-Elect Sharon Pratt Dixon is expected to announce today that she has chosen John Percy Bond III to be her city administrator.

Bond, 53, is now county manager of Durham County, N.C. He was born and reared in the District and has about 20 years of experience in government administration.

"He's very professional, very dedicated," William V. Bell, chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners, said of Bond's performance during the five years he has been in Durham.

Neither Bond nor Dixon was available for comment yesterday.

Bond now is paid about $96,000, which means that unless other types of compensation can be arranged, he would take a pay cut of about $12,000 to come to the District.

Dixon transition team members have said that the comparatively low salary the District pays the city administrator has hampered its search for candidates. The average salary for administrators in 15 large cities, according to a study by Dixon aides, is $118,000, compared to the $83,600 the current D.C. city administrator is paid.

Bond, who is known as Jack, graduated with a degree in English in 1965 from Morgan State College in Baltimore. He received a master's degree in business administration in 1975 from Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management in Winston-Salem, N.C.

From 1971 to 1978, he was deputy city manager of Winston-Salem. The next year, he served as assistant city manager of Miami, the first black person to serve in that position. From 1979 to 1984, he was city manager of Petersburg, Va. He was also deputy county administrator of Hillsborough County, Fla., for part of 1984.

He served in the Army from 1960 to 1967, during which time he reached the rank of captain and earned the Bronze Star in Vietnam.

Bond is on the executive board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and is a member of the American Society of Public Administrators. He serves on the Commission on Accreditation and Law Enforcement Agencies and is a past vice president of the International City Management Association.

Staff writer Christine Spolar contributed to this report.