AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio city’s mayor says the city’s police chief resigned after questions were raised about his actions in an investigation into the chief’s nephew.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Monday that Chief James Nice resigned Sunday at Horrigan’s request.

Horrigan says he was told over the weekend that there was evidence of serious misconduct by the police chief related to an ongoing investigation of his nephew. The mayor says there’s also evidence that the police chief made inappropriate contact with a city employee and made derogatory comments about police officials.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Nice’s attorney said Nice “regrets any inappropriate comments or behavior, but categorically denies any criminal conduct.” Attorney Mike Callahan says he knows little about the investigation involving Nice’s nephew.

Nice had been chief since 2011.