The new Beatrice city attorney is the stepbrother of the city administrator.
The nature of the relationship surfaced a day after Greg Butcher was hired. City administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer had held the job.
The relationship was not disclosed publicly at Monday night's City Council meeting, but Mayor Dennis Schuster says the council members were told about it during the hiring process.
Schuster says Tempelmeyer disclosed that Butcher is his stepbrother.
The mayor says he didn't see the relationship as "anything material in affecting our decision. We were fully aware of it before the interviews commenced."
Schuster says Butcher was the top candidate.