Mayor Marion Barry, moving to put his own appointees in control of municipal agencies, has nominated six new members -- a commanding majority -- to serve on the District of Columbia's rent control board, his office announced yesterday.
While dropping the nine-member panel's current chairman, Jerome Shuman, from commission membership, the mayor also nominated two sitting landlord members for second two-year terms. The nominations are subject to City Council confirmation.
Known officially as the Rental Accommodations Commission, the board sets the amount of the annual rent increase permitted to landlord and referees tenant-landlord disputes.
Nominated by Barry to represent tenants on the commission were Jerome J. Dobson, 1807 19th St. NW, a third-year law student, and Pat Patterson, 3801 Jay St. NE, a telephone installer and former vice chairman of the Citywide Housing Coalition.
Nominated to represent landlord interests were newcomer, Aulander Stevenson, 2213 Rand Pl. NE, and two holdovers, Patricia Wells, 3815 V St. SE, and Frank Emmet Jr., 2723 Unicorn La. NW. All are real estate professionals.
Nominated to represent the general public were Johnny Barnes, 3014 V Pl. SE, a lawyer and legislative assistant to Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.); Despina Kaneles, 1010 25th St. NW, president of the Swarthmore (Apartment) Tenants Association and a U.S. government employe, and Harry T. Jones Jr., 1901 Tulip St. NW, a corporation executive, former Army officer and president of the North Portal Estates Civic League.
Board members sit part-time, and are paid $50 for each meeting.
The confirmation process will take several weeks. Meanwhile, the current commission -- whose members were chosen by former mayor Walter E. Washington -- must set the level of rent increases to allowed in mid-1980. The decision is complicated by a staff contention that overcharge were inadvertentlly permitted last year.