D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams yesterday announced the appointments of Vanessa Dale Burns as public works director, Sherryl Hobbs Newman as head of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Darryl D. Anderson as Cable Television and Telecommunications executive director.

Burns replaces Art Lawson, who was acting director of the Department of Public Works, the agency responsible for services such as trash collection and pothole repair. Its annual budget is about $140 million.

Burns has more than 20 years of experience in public service management. She comes to Washington from Evanston, Ill., where she was public works director. She held the same position in New Haven, Conn. In Cleveland, as assistant public service director, Burns had direct responsibility for a staff of 500 employees and a $46 million budget. Her salary will be $121,067 a year.

"Vanessa possesses the background, the experience and the leadership District residents demand," Williams said.

Burns described herself as "a very hands-on" manager and said she would not ask her employees to do anything she would not do herself.

Newman currently is director of citywide customer service for the District. Before that, she was director of customer administration for the Office of Tax and Revenue. In that job, Newman reorganized taxpayer services and developed a centralized telephone center for all tax inquiries. She has more than 13 years' experience in customer service operations.

"The Department of Motor Vehicles touches the lives of nearly every citizen in the District," said Newman, whose salary will be $117,291. "I want to see some results very quickly."

Anderson will be responsible for the regulatory activities of the Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, as well as the programming and operation of the government-run cable channels.

He was station manager for a cable television station in Oakland, Calif., and has worked as a manager or executive in the cable television industry since 1989.

Anderson's annual salary will be $95,590.

CAPTION: Mayor Anthony A. Williams, left, announces the appointments of Vanessa Dale Burns, Sherryl Hobbs Newman and Darryl D. Anderson to lead public works, the Department of Motor Vehicles and cable television, respectively.