Paul Kirk, a Washington lawyer and long-time political adviser to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), has been named acting treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, pending confirmation by the DNC later this month. He succeeds Charles Curry of Kansas City.

Linden Kettlewell has replaced Rich Bond as director of political operations for the Republican National Committee. Kettlewell is a former aide to Sens. John G. Tower (R-Tex.) and Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.); GOP general chairman and executive director of the Nevada Republican Central Committee, when Frank Fahrenkopf, now RNC chairman, was state chairman there.

Bond, a top lieutenant of Vice President Bush before going to the RNC, had his troubles there but national party officials insist that he was not pushed out, that they tried to persuade him to stay instead of going into his consulting business.

Glenn has signed up one of the best-known women in the Democratic Party to head his national policy committee. Roxanne Conlin, defeated in her bid for governor of Iowa last November, is taking on the part-time assignment. Conlin, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa and a founder of the state's women's political caucus, will speak for Glenn around the country and help organize his campaign for the Iowa caucuses, Glenn aides said.

Benjamin Fernandez, a millionaire Los Angeles businessman who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, winning three delegates in a campaign that cost $180,000, has announced that he will give it another go.

Fernandez was born in a railroad boxcar in Kansas City, Kan., of illegal Mexican migrant farm workers.

Sen. Alan J. Dixon (D-Ill.) has endorsed Mondale's presidential candidacy . . . . The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rep. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) will challenge Republican Sen. Charles H. Percy and that a Simon poll shows him running well ahead of three other prospective Democratic candidates, including state Senate President Philip Rock and Chicago attorney Alex Seith, who ran against Percy last time, but running behind Percy statewide, 36 percent to 44 percent with 20 percent undecided. Rep. Tom Corcoran is challenging Percy in the Republican primary.