The Ayden Finance Department is responsible for budget review, general ledger administration, payroll allocation, accounts payable allocation, purchasing, and billing/collections. The Finance Department operates Monday - Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm.


Alicia Simpson - Finance Director

Alicia joined the Town of Ayden as Finance Director in April 2015. She is responsible for review of a $20 million budget, town cash flow administration, purchasing oversight, billing/collection oversight, and various other finance functions. Alicia graduated from Warren University with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and also holds an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Pitt Community College. Ms. Simpson has 14 years of finance experience, and came to Ayden having last worked as Senior Finance Administrator at East Carolina University. Her background includes accounting, auditing, grants management, budgeting, forecasting, accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and human resources.  In addition, Ms. Simpson has experience teaching grant courses and presenting and leading workshops in various areas of the country.

Alicia Simpson
(252) 481-5820

Jessica H. Curry- Senior Accounting Technician
Jessica Curry started with the Town of Ayden as the Senior Accounting Technician in July of 2016. She is originally from Grimesland, NC, and she was raised in Blounts Creek, NC.  In 2012, Jessica graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Accounting.  In 2006, she began tutoring children in math, and she continued this at ECU where she worked and volunteered as a business and math tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center and the Athletic Department until 2013.  In 2013, she graduated from East Carolina University with a Master of Science in Accounting.  She has previously worked in public accounting, government accounting, nonprofit accounting, and private accounting with her most recent role being the Controller for multiple construction corporations located in and around Greenville and Raleigh, NC.

Jessica can be reached at (252) 481-5830 or by email:

Teressa Blount - Payroll and Accounting Tech.
Teressa has been employed with the Town since June 1992. Teressa is responsible for payroll and accounts payable functions as well as human resource records.

Teressa Blount or
(252) 481-5824

Steve Benson - Purchasing Officer
Steve has been employed with the Town since August 1989. Steve is responsible for town related purchases, disposal of depreciated assets, auction administration, fixed assets/warehouse inventory.

Steve Benson
(252) 481-5835

Customer Service Representatives
Temika Williams - Senior CSR - Employed Since 1999

Lucia Marquez-Henning - CSR - Employed Since 2014

Reginald Dixon - CSR - Employed Since 2016

Customer Service Reps. can be reached at
(252) 481-5823
(252) 481-5822
(252) 481-5821

Customer Service Guide