ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Ousted U.S. Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod told the Agriculture Secretary thanks, but no thanks Tuesday.
The Albany woman announced she would not accept an offer to return to the department. Sherrod stood beside Secretary Tom Vilsack in Washington to make the announcement. She was forced to resign a month ago when false allegations surfaced that she made racist remarks. Sherrod said she was tempted by the offer, but just couldn't accept.
"He's apologized and I accept that. I just, and there is a new process and I hope that it works. I don't want to be the one to test it," said Sherrod.
Sherrod said she would work as a consultant for the U.S.D.A. For now, she plans to make speeches about her experiences around the country.