August 24th, 2010
09:35 AM ET

Sherrod turns down job offer from Agriculture Department

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/08/24/sherrod.agriculture.job/story.sherrod.cnn.jpg caption="Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from her Agriculture Department job last month." width=300 height=169]

Washington (CNN) - Shirley Sherrod, who received an apology after being forced to resign from the Agriculture Department, declined an offer Tuesday to serve as the agency's deputy director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

The position includes administration and outreach to improve the Agriculture Department's civil rights efforts and image nationwide.

Sherrod met Tuesday morning with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss the job offer.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since a controversial sequence of events last month culminated in Sherrod's stepping down.

Updated: 10:56 a.m.

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  1. Di

    Wonder how she would have felt about this job a year ago? If she would have thought it an opportunity then, what has changed? Does she have a better offer? Or is she thinking about suing because if she is, her lawyers will want a very sad story for as long as possible. Hard to find the joys in life while living a sad story.

    August 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Bob

    I feel Ms. Sherrod made the right decision for herself, the Department of Agriculture and the Obama administration, particularly going into the mid-term elections.

    Her advocacy for the issues she believes in will now be more public than what it was before her leaving the Department. Along with that advocacy will also come the detailed experiences and statements made by her during her careers. Nothing is smooth going in this politically and racially polarized america.

    Let's face it, 50% of americans not only despise but almost have a hatred for the other 50% regardless of what political, ethnic, gender affiliation or religious background each emanates from. Our melting pot experiment is at a high boiling point and the knob on the burner is stuck on high.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:59 am |