TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – After seven years serving as the General Manager of Transportation for Hillsborough County Public Schools, John Franklin has resigned, school officials said Wednesday.

The district will immediately conduct a nationwide search for his replacement. In the meantime, Chief Facilities Officer Chris Farkas will directly oversee the Transportation Department, according to a news release from HCPS.

Administrators said Franklin steered the Transportation Department through a very eventful time of change and challenges. The district currently is preparing a multifaceted plan to continue to make improvements in the Transportation Department based on input from a transportation consultant and our employees, according to the release.

“We thank John Franklin for his tireless service, and wish him well in his new endeavors,’’ said Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “I have reiterated to our Transportation team that our goal remains unchanged – we work together to safely transport children every day.”