Around $133,000 a year -- at the Pensacola News Journal, anyway, according to a jury decision yesterday involving a former Gannett human resources chief who sued her fiance for breach of contract after he canceled their engagement.
The case involves jilted bride RoseMary Shell; ex-fiance Wayne Gibbs; the News Journal, and the formerly Gannett-owned Times in Gainesville, Ga. From the Times story: "Shell testified that she quit a job paying $81,000 a year in Pensacola, Fla., to move back to Gainesville and be with Gibbs after he proposed in October 2006. In December he left a note in the couple’s bathroom expressing second thoughts about the marriage, and he broke off the engagement for good in March 2007. Shell, who now makes $31,000 a year working for North Georgia College & State University, sued the following June."
Yesterday, the jury sided with Shell, awarding her $150,000. In their deliberations, jurors considered Shell's total compensation: Her $81,000 salary; a 15% annual bonus, and benefits valued at up to $40,000. Total: about $133,000 yearly. "She should have stayed in Florida," juror Delita Smith told the Times. "I would, if I had that high-paying job."
Noted: Gannett owned the Times from 1981-2004, when it sold the paper to Morris Multimedia.
Got an offbeat Gannett tale to share? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.