01/15/2015 06:33 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT

Richard Atwell, Saanich mayor, asked to step down as police board chair

The Saanich, B.C. police board is asking beleaguered mayor Richard Atwell to step down as its chair.

The request follows the police board's decision to ask the B.C. Ministry of Justice to investigate Atwell.

"The Saanich Police Board informed Mayor Richard Atwell that they would be requesting the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice, to have her ministry conduct an investigation into recent activities by Mayor Atwell that the Board believes puts its members in an untenable position," said a statement from the board released Thursday.