Officials with the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth say CEO Corey Leet will be resigning from his position due to family reasons.
Zoo officials say Leet will advise the Lake Superior Zoological Society Board of Directors as a consultant while the search for a new leader is underway.
Leet said he regrets that he must make the decision, but says the needs of his family must come first.
Leet went on to say in a statement that he "appreciates the confidence that the board and the citizens of Duluth placed in me to run the zoo", and that "I appreciate their understanding now that my family obligations have called me away".
Corey Leet began working as the CEO on January second following a search that included candidates from across the country.
Leet replaced interim CEO Julene Boe, who had served since February 2016.
Leet's wife and children had remained at their home in the Twin Cities while he worked full-time at the zoo.
The zoo is in the early stages of a $15 million redevelopment plan, which was created by the city and the zoo board.
The plan calls for new attractions and animal exhibits, and is the first major investment in the zoo in a generation.
"While we are sad to see him go, we know his family must come first," said Zoo Board President Diana Dodge.
Dodge also says even with Leet's short tenure he's had a positive impact on the Lake Superior Zoo.
"Nobody expected this, but because he's good at what he does we are in a decent situation that it's not a disaster. We are sad we are losing him but I think we can work forward with the good work he has done and keep it going forward," said Dodge.