The leader of Worcestershire County Council has resigned after allegations were made of inappropriate behaviour towards staff.
Dr George Lord, who represented Alvechurch, is also standing down as a councillor.
The Conservative decided to resign from the council with immediate effect on Saturday, deputy leader Adrian Hardman said.
Dr Lord has not commented on his resignation or the allegations.
In a statement, Mr Hardman said: "Over the course of the last week some allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards staff have been made against Dr George Lord.
"As is normal practice in these circumstances the individual against whom any allegations are being made is presented with the information when it is at an unsubstantiated stage.
"Dr Lord recognised the disruption this situation could cause to the work of the council and decided to resign from the council with immediate effect on Saturday."
Mr Hardman said as deputy leader he would automatically take over as leader "until the formal process of appointing a new leader" was implemented.