The only UKIP councillor at Lichfield District Council has resigned.
John Mills won the Fazeley seat at the last local elections, but has now opted to step down LichfieldLive has learned.
Councillors were told Mr Mills had resigned due to being unable to balance his work commitments with his role on the local authority.
Speaking after his election win in 2015, he said: “I’m not a political animal. I became interested in politics only a few years ago, before that I always voted for the best of what was a bad bunch. But I’m sure I’ll find my feet soon enough.
“UKIP leader Nigel Farage inspired me to get involved in politics – I feel the man speaks my language, and that UKIP’s policies are just common sense.”
A by-election will now be held within 35 days if two voters in the ward make a written request.