Bill Thomas has not resigned as a councillor
A West Midlands council leader has resigned after being charged with theft.
Sandwell Council leader Bill Thomas, a member of the Labour group, told the council on Friday he was resigning as leader. He will remain as a councillor.
Police said a man, 69, from Rowley Regis had been charged with theft as part of a continuing investigation by an economic crime team.
Mr Thomas is due before magistrates in Sutton Coldfield on 30 October.
Police said the charge related to a personal matter, not linked to Mr Thomas's position at the council.
Sandwell Council chief executive Dr Allison Fraser said the council had not been approached by police about its investigation.
Councillor Steve Eling has taken over the leader's role.
"Councillor's Thomas's resignation is for reasons which are wholly unconnected with the council and his role here," he said.
Mr Thomas, who has been awarded an OBE, remains the councillor for the Rowley ward.