Crossville councilman's vote for Adams under scrutiny

When a Crossville, Tenn., city councilman voted to hire Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams as the city's new manager, he might have violated the city's ethics code by not telling the council he donated $1,000 to Mr. Adams' campaign in 2006, according to the city's attorney.

City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell said "one could argue," using Crossville's ethics code, that Councilman Boyd Wyatt should have disclosed the donation when he voted to hire Mr. Adams.

But Mr. Chadwell said Mr. Wyatt wasn't necessarily required to abstain from voting to hire Mr. Adams.

Mr. Wyatt said his failure to disclose his 2006 campaign contribution to Mr. Adams did not constitute a violation of the city's ethics code. The code states any official should disclose potential conflicts of interest before a vote.

"I didn't feel like it was relevant," Mr.