Ex-marketing official to get more than $67,000 in severance

By: The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s former Chief Marketing Officer, who oversaw the disastrous rollout of a tourism campaign last month, will receive half her annual salary as severance.

The Providence Journal reports that Betsy Wall will be paid $67,500.

The severance agreement also allows Wall to collect a "medical opt-out payment," which could bump up the severance by $500.50.

Wall signed the agreement with the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation on Tuesday. There’s now a seven-day period during which she may revoke the agreement.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo accepted Wall’s resignation April 1 following the botched rollout, which included a video mistakenly featuring a scene from Iceland, not Rhode Island. Raimondo called the mistakes unacceptable.

Wall lives in Massachusetts and led its tourism bureau until last year.

(c) The Associated Press  2016