Now that the main players are in place, the “sub-Cabinet” levels of the White House staff are also being filled. Richard Harden, a member of President Carter’s staff when he was governor, will be special assistant for budget and organization — the President’s budget, that is, not the federal one. Harden had some responsibility during the transition for negotiating White House personnel levels with those in charge of the various areas and has been described as “the man in charge of taking the perks away.”
Rick Hutcheson, Carter’s delegate selection coordinator, will now handle the President’s paper flow.
Landon Butler, campaign political director, will serve as deputy to Hamilton Jordan.
Greg Schneiders, the Carter campaign aide whose FBI investigation turned up a history of bad business dealings, was cleared of any impropriety by the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington and has been named a special assistant for projects. His first — handling the White House mail situation.
Barry Jagoda, a former producer for CBS News, and campaign television adviser has been named special assistant to the President for media and public affairs. Richard Neustadt, who, like Jagoda, was a press spokesman for the transition office, will serve as his deputy.
One of the last major positions in the White House press office has been filled by a member of the current class of White House fellows, William J. Drummond, a black and former Jerusalem bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, will be an assistant under deputy press secretary Rex Granum and will specialize in domestic issues. One spot left to be filled is the editor of the President’s press conference briefing books.
Still more journalists fill up the ranks of the White House speech writers under James Fallows.Griffin Smith of Texas Monthly magazine, Achsah Nesmith of the Atlanta Constitution and Jerry Doolittle, a free lance writer for Time-Life Books Inc. and campaign press aide, will serve on the staff.
More persons are in line for Jack Watson’s staff. Jim Parham, chief executive officer of the Georgia Department of Human Resources under Watson, will be chief executive officer. Cynthia Wilkes, Watson’s administrative assistant in that department, will serve in the same post in the White House. And Jane Lakes Frank, chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights and an aide to former Sen. John V. Tunney, D-Calif., will work on Cabinet matters.
James B. King, the new White House personnel director, has filled four of the top five positions in his office, which ultimately will have a staff of 18. King, former director of community affairs and marketing for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, was Carter’s trip director during the presidential campaign. His deputy is Jim Gammill, a 1975 Harvard graduate who began working for the Carter campaign during the primaries. Two women are the associate directors with responsibility for all executive departments and agencies. Lisbeth Godley, whose departments are Interior, Justice, Labor, Treasury and Commerce, was a Washington attorney who traveled with Vice President Walter F. Mondale during the campaign. Diana Rock (Agriculture, Transportation, State, Defense, Health, Education and Welfare and Housing and Urban Development) was a legislative representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Michael Cushing, a former administrative assistant for a California state representative, is the associate director for internal operations.The final associate director, whose job will be recruiting, especially of minorities, has not been chosen.
Chip Carter, meanwhile, will not be working for his father but instead will work on special projects for the Democratic National Committee.