Mayor Nutter yesterday appointed a former Philadelphia Gas Works vice president as the city's director of human resources.

Albert D'Attilio last served as vice president of human resources for PGW. Nutter said he expected D'Attilio to modernize the personnel office, which has been renamed the office of human resources.

"I am tremendously confident that Al is more than equipped to transform this department," Nutter said.

The former acting personnel director, Tanya Smith, resigned two weeks ago after an inspector general investigation showed that she had tampered with a civil-service test to help a friend.

Smith had a salary of $128,153.

Nutter said that episode should not diminish the entire department.

"I think fortunately for us that was an highly unusual situation," he said.

D'Attalio said he worked in this department 25 years ago and he was happy to return to work for the city.

"We in human resources understand that for city government to be effective we need a qualified and dedicated workforce," D'Attalio said.

One thing Nutter wants to see improved is the length of time it takes to get a city job. Nutter said he was hopeful the city could "speed up the process." *