More details to come, but this is what I turned in today.
29 November 2006
To: X - Director of Development Services
Y - Town Manager
Z - Human Resources Representative
From: Natalie Spencer
Re: Resignation & Two Weeks Notice
Dear X, Y, and Z and whomever else it may concern;
This letter is to inform you of my resignation and to provide two weeks’ notice of leave; my last day with the Town will be Friday, December 15th, 2006.
Please know that a lot of thought and prayer went into this decision over some period of time. My reasons for leaving are my own; there is no specific cause or event here at the Town that shaped this decision. It is simply time for me to move on. My goal is to travel a bit, then move closer to my family and finish my education. I also look forward to reviving my creative skills and pursuing the discovery of what I am truly meant to do. My family and friends are in full support of my decision and I hope that my second family here will understand. I feel completely confident in my plans; my spirituality and faith in God provides a solid path for me and I am not afraid.
I would like to say that I recognize that my time and experience here has been invaluable to me. Not only have I acquired a new side of knowledge and many new skills, I found the realization that who you work with can make the difference between a good job and a bad job; or any job at all for that matter. The people I work with every day are truly the salt of the earth and honestly have become a second family to me; it is because of them, I believe, that I have been here as long as I have. I hope that senior staff recognizes the work and the personality that the main staff provides on a daily basis.
I admit there are certain existing aspects here that have contributed to my desire to leave, but none of them amount to any kind of influence on me to make such a decision. As I said before, this simply what is right for me. I feel I have achieved my full potential here; I also think that a fresh start with someone new may be good for the staff persons I support. My job has evolved and changed so much since I began; perhaps a person coming with the full knowledge of everything can provide better support, and staff can train and shape that person to their needs. I don’t feel anymore that I can provide the level of attention and detail and focus that they all require; now they have the opportunity to choose someone who can give a better performance than I.
X, you have been a compassionate and kind boss. There are not many who would understand the need to stay home after finding your cat run over in the road. I am also eternally thankful for your non-judgmental and caring approach during my battle with the bipolar and anxiety disorder earlier this spring. I am very grateful for the patience and guidance you have given me during your time here. I hope that you continue to find satisfaction here in your role with the Town.
Y, you have provided solid leadership and understanding, as well. There are few managers who would consider their employees’ health and happiness and work to provide them with undeniably great fringe benefits like the summer hours, our holiday lunches, and the fitness program. From you I have learned that leaders’ decisions do not always make sense at first, but possess that vision that allows them to see what will happen down the road and what the best decision is to provide for that time.
Z, you are a beautiful and loving person and a true child of God. You are lucky to have found a calling that you enjoy and a place such as this to provide your talents. I am sorry we didn’t get to spend more time together but you will always be special to me and will certainly keep in touch. Thank you for your patience and your kindness and your Kleenex.
It is with some sadness, some joy, and some excitement for the future that I turn this into you. I pray your support and encouragement to me will continue, as well as your friendship. Thank you for everything, from the very corners of my heart and mind.