- St. Clair County clerk Bob Delaney handed in his resgination Wednesday morning.

The resignation comes amidst a complaint from a County employee alleging sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

The embattled clerk called the allegations "bogus" -- and says he wants to get out of politics without dragging his family and staff through a scandal.

He said he had been considering retirement for awhile and that politics had "become a blood sport."

The woman making the accusations hired attorney Tom Kennedy. Kennedy said he didn't know about the resignation and will work with his client on a plan following the announcement.

Kennedy will not disclose the accuser's name.

"Anybody who knows me knows me better than that," said Delaney.

He says he plans to spend more time with his family and information clearing him of any wrongdoing will come out.

Delaney spent 34 years as an employee for St. Clair County. His resignation is effective at 5p.m. Wednesday.