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Via CNN.com:

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.

Sherrod and Vilsack met alone for part of the meeting, according to Sherrod spokesman Drew Berry. They were joined by various staffers at other points.

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Sherrod was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development for Georgia.

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