Franklin County’s tourism leader is planning a road trip north.

And a new job when she reaches her destination.

Kristi Lee, Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau director, announced her resignation Friday morning to the bureau’s board, Lee said.

Lee is taking a position as the tourism manager for the City of Leavenworth, about 65 miles northeast of Ottawa, she said.

“It was a difficult decision and I will miss working with the volunteers the most from the Visitor Center to all the wonderful people with the community events,” she said. “I have enjoyed working for the Franklin County CVB and I appreciate having had this wonderful opportunity to get to know Franklin County and the Ottawa community.”

Lee began her career as director in Franklin County in June of 2007 after the previous director, Jason Camis, took another position in Johnson County, according to Herald archives. She previously worked for such cities as Kingman, Arizona, Visalia, California, and Mobridge, South Dakota, where she started her career, according to Herald archives.

Lee’s last day in Franklin County is expected to be Feb. 19, she said. She will begin her new position in Leavenworth Feb. 25, she said.

“I am looking forward to this new position and new challenges and rewards,” Lee said. “I want to wish the CVB every success in all its future endeavors.”

Moving forward, the tourism group’s board of directors will schedule a special meeting to begin the process of finding a successor to Lee, Juanita Peckham, board chair, said Friday. That meeting date has not yet been set.

“We will be working on it. I can guarantee that,” she said.

Jodie Garcia, Herald reader engagement editor, contributed to this report.

?Kate Shelton is a Herald staff writer. Email her at kshelton@ottawaherald.com Follow her on Twitter at @kshelton323