A senior Stafford borough councillor has died following a heart attack.
Councillor Doug Davis, 74, the cabinet member for planning and regeneration on the council, died "suddenly" on Tuesday evening following a heart attack.
Mr Davis was a former mayor of the borough and councillors have expressed shock and sadness at the loss of a "great character".
The former business director is survived by his wife, Beverley, and son, Jonathan.
Mr Davis was elected to the council in 1994 following a by-election for Milwich and has served the ward ever since.
He was elected mayor of Stafford Borough in 2001.
He previously worked for Stafford Borough Council and Lichfield District Council before leaving for a career in the private sector as a director of a waste disposal company.
Leader of the council, Mike Heenan, said: "This has come as a great shock to myself and colleagues.
"Doug was a great character with strident views. He had been a great servant of local authorities for many years both as an officer and councillor and will be greatly missed."
He added: "All our thoughts are with his wife, Beverley, and the family at this very sad time."
The council's chief executive Ian Thompson said: "Doug was a very well-known figure both inside and outside the council.
"Officers across the council have been upset at this very sad news."