08/09/2016 11:21 EDT | Updated 08/09/2016 11:59 EDT

George Baker, Amherst Nova Scotia Councillor, Under Fire For Using N-Word At Pizza Shop

George Baker told staff: "I'm not your n-----r."

AMHERST, N.S. — A town councillor is under scrutiny after admitting to uttering a racist slur to staff at a pizza shop in this small Nova Scotia community.

Amherst Mayor Robert Small says Coun. George Baker has admitted to saying "I'm not your n-----r" to workers at Bambino's Pizzeria.

Small says news that Baker used the racial slur spread throughout the town of roughly 9,700 and a letter of complaint was sent by a community member last week asking council to investigate the incident.

Bambino's Pizzeria in Amherst, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Google Street View)

He says council determined at a meeting Monday evening that it does not have the authority to deal with allegations of misconduct by council members, so it has directed staff to revise its code of conduct policy so it does have such power.

Small says the Baker matter has been referred to the Amherst Board of Police Commissioners, a civil body that Baker sits on as a council appointee that has a different code of conduct than council.

He says Baker, who did not immediately return an email request for comment Tuesday, has apologized to staff at the pizzeria and to the black community.