Sandwell Council's chief executive has confirmed he's left the post.
Jan Britton's statement to the Local Democracy Reporting Service comes just a week after the authority said he'd taken "extended leave".
The move follows a tough period for the council, including in 2018 children’s services being transferred to the care of a trust after Ofsted called provision inadequate.
In January, leader Steve Eling had his membership suspended by the Labour party, preventing him standing for re-election in May.
His replacement Steve Trow resigned within hours of the party taking all of the council’s 72 seats in the recent election.
The council hasn't said when there will be a permanent replacement for Mr Britton, but the deputy chief executive "will continue to take on responsibilities".