CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says he hopes to chose a new leader for the nation’s third largest school district by the end of the year.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman announced his resignation last week. His last day is Nov. 29.

Daley says he wants a smooth transition and someone who can jump in until the next mayor of Chicago is elected.

In September, Daley announced that he would not seek a seventh term.

The list of possible successors includes former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago school board president Gery Chico, Congressman Danny Davis, State Sen. James Meeks and City Clerk Miguel del Valle.

Huberman was appointed to the CEO position last year.

Daley took over Chicago Public Schools in 1995.

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