Dime Bancorp has hired Fred B. Koons, former chief executive of Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., to head its rapidly growing mortgage banking operations.

Mr. Koons, who left Chase last year after the merger with Chemical Banking Corp., had been a consultant for New York-based Dime for the last four months, according to Lawrence J. Toal, Dime's president and chief operating officer. In July, Jenne K. Brittell, who had been Dime's chief lending officer, left to take a job with GE Capital Mortgage Services Inc.

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