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With the leadership of Benjamin Chavis now in its past, the N.A.A.C.P. is expected to appoint a search committee to look for a new executive director within days. One of the names likely to be in the hat for chief exec: Jesse Jackson, who had sought the position before it was given to Chavis. Last Saturday the N.A.A.C.P. board voted overwhelmingly to fire Chavis because he had settled a sexual harassment suit with money from the organization's budget; it then appointed an interim administrator. Sources tell TIME that all senior officials Chavis brought with him have been placed on administrative leave -- a step toward their eventual firing. Chavis has hinted that he may sue the civil rights organization, but TIME correspondent Sylvester Monroe doubts that he has the legal grounds to mount a serious case.