Small-biz chief Karen Mills stepping down


Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills is leaving the agency. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

“Because of Karen’s hard work and dedication, our small businesses are better positioned to create jobs and our entire economy is stronger,” President Obama said in a statement.

Some though it likely that Mills, whose job President Obama elevated to Cabinet rank last year, would stay on in a second term. But now it seems there’s another job opening for the White House to fill.

And don’t look to Mills’s deputy, Marie Johns, to step up and fill her shoes. Johns sent colleagues an e-mail on Thursday informing them that she would be leaving the agency in May.

Mills’s business savvy — she led a private-equity firm and spent a career in the private sector — won her plaudits and made her an important face of the administration’s small-business efforts.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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