B.C. mayor admits to affair, alleges spying at city hall, police harassment

SAANICH, Canada — The newly-elected mayor of the Victoria suburb of Saanich alleges someone in his city hall is spying on him and that the police department has been harassing him by pulling him over on groundless suspicions of drunk driving.

Mayor Richard Atwell called the media together on Monday to issue the allegations, while also admitting he had not been entirely truthful when he denied being involved in an extra-marital affair.

The mayor originally denied reports he was involved in a dust up last month with a male at the home of a female campaign supporter.

Atwell was elected in November on promises to bring in change and campaigned on a platform on openness and transparency, but he ran into trouble shortly after being elected for firing the municipality’s administrative office without consultation.

Saanich Police Chief Constable Brian Downie says in a statement that he had not been informed of Atwell’s concerns about police harassment or his questions about how information about the Dec. 11, 2014 domestic incident became public.

Downie says Atwell did come to the police with concerns about spyware on his computer and that matter is under review.

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