Longtime city Finance Director Amy Staton is going to be bidding farewell to the municipal government early next month.

Staton submitted her notice of resignation June 2, with her last day of employment with the City of Rocky Mount to be July 5, a municipal spokesman told the Telegram in a brief email Wednesday evening in response to submitted questions.

The email did not provide the reason why Staton decided to leave as she approached a total of 25 years of working for the municipality, more than 14 years of which have been as the finance director.

The email provided a brief statement from Staton saying she enjoyed her years serving the city.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that are ahead for me, but I also take comfort in knowing that I have played a role in helping maintain and advance the fiscal health of the city. I wish nothing but the best for the city and its residents,” Staton said in the prepared remarks.

The prepared remarks did not provide additional information about Staton’s future plans.

The email also provided a brief statement from City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney noting Staton had led the city on many successful projects during her nearly quarter of a century of service.

“Her strong financing knowledge and experience will be greatly missed,” Small-Toney said in the prepared remarks.

The email said that Small-Toney will announce an interim finance director before Staton’s last day of employment and that Small-Toney will conduct a nationwide search for a new finance director.

Staton has been receiving slightly more than $154,000 a year in base pay, according to information the Telegram obtained in March about the pay of key municipal officials.

Word of Staton’s resignation began circulating late last week via Facebook.

Staton’s departure is going to close the book on a career with the city going to back to when she started in July 1996 as an accounting manager.

In February 2007, Staton was named the finance director.

A Telegram story that month about Staton being elevated said she filled the position that came open as a result of Finance Director Craig Kivett retiring.

The story said Staton served as acting finance manager during the search for Kivett’s successor and quoted Staton as saying Kivett had been grooming her for the leadership position. Staton was one of 20-25 applicants for the job and one of two whom the city interviewed.

The story also noted Staton, 39 at the time, being a Rocky Mount native with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Meredith College.

The story noted Staton had previously worked as a controller at Heritage Hospital in Tarboro and as a staff accountant with McGladrey & Pullen.