During a brief phone interview, Davis said the board had taken steps to recoup the money from the employees. She would not say exactly how the money was being recouped, adding that it was through "restitution." She said she didn't know exactly how many employees were involved.
Davis requested time to review Carper's letter as well as the file on the issue. She then failed to return calls seeking further comment.
Carper said he heard about the surplus property sale a couple of months ago and immediately asked county staff to look into the matter.
He learned that the board did not have a policy prohibiting employees from selling surplus property for personal profit, Carper said. The board passed such a policy during a recent meeting, he added.
Carper wants to ensure there are no further occurrences and has asked the state Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion.
"And I want to remind every other agency that they can't do this," he said. "But I'd think they already know that.
"You shouldn't have to have a rule that says you can't do this."
Carper has invited all of the PSD board members to a future commission meeting to discuss the situation, he said. The Kanawha County Commission appoints them.