The Crossville, Tenn., city attorney said a city councilman did not violate the city's ethics code by not disclosing his campaign donation to Hamilton County Commissioner Curtis Adams when he voted to hire Mr. Adams as city manager.
But there is a link tying the city attorney's law firm to a man who is the source of other ethics questions.
City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell previously said Councilman Boyd Wyatt might have committed an ethics violation by not disclosing his $1,000 donation to Mr. Adams's 2006 County Commission campaign.
But on Monday, after saying he had reviewed Crossville's ethics policy, Mr. Chadwell said disclosure was not required.
Mr. Wyatt was one of the council members who voted unanimously to give Mr. Adams the city manager's job. Mr. Adams is expected to start the job, which pays $105,000 a year, in May.