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Neese drops bid for Mint director job

Terry Neese will not be the next director of the U.S. Mint, unless the Oklahoma businesswoman has a change of heart.

One day before a congressional hearing on her presidential appointment, Neese asked not to be considered for the post. She informed the White House of her decision on Sept. 19.

“After clearing an exhaustive FBI investigation, an IRS review and the Office of Government Ethics requirements, I have reflected on my decision to move forward and have regretfully asked the President to withdraw my name from consideration,” Neese said in a statement.

On July 29, President Bush nominated Neese to succeed Henrietta Holsman Fore to become the 38th director of the U.S. Mint.

Neese, who is from Oklahoma City, Okla., cited family reasons for pulling out of the nomination process.

“I am looking forward to spending meaningful, quality time with my 83-year-old mother, husband, daughter and grandchildren,” Neese said. “I will continue my longtime work and passion as an advocate for small business and women and minority business owners in Oklahoma and across the nation.”

Neese founded Terry Neese Personnel Services 30 years ago, the day-to-day operations of which are now run by Neese’s daughter.

“I am deeply thankful to the President for placing his confidence in my abilities,” said Neese. “I also want to thank all of the Oklahomans for their counsel and support,” Neese said.

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