Hardy made a motion to give the money back to the sheriff's department, which was approved.
"You either trust the sheriff or you don't," Hardy said. "I trust you. When this goes back into your account I know its not going to get fiddled away on something. It's going to be used properly."
Rutherford said after the meeting he was surprised the commission gave the money back. He planned to put the money in the department's operating grant fund and said it would be used to buy anything the deputies need.
In other business, commission approved the Kanawha County Board of Education's request to use the county's voting machines for the upcoming excess levy vote in November.
The school board is seeking an excess levy that would generate an extra $24 million the first year it would take effect in the 2014-2015 fiscal year if passed. The board made the decision to go for a second levy after realizing they would have a deficit when the new excess levy, with a five-year flat cap of $44.2 million, took effect in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Among other things the excess levy would go toward funding the Kanawha County Public Library. Without this levy the library stands to lose all of its school system funding beginning with the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Carper said the board will pay for the use of the equipment, but hoped this time they would pay upfront rather than reimburse the commission at a later date. He said the board would eventually ask for their opinion on the levy but hadn't yet. Carper was inclined to give his opinion without their request.
"I intend personally to support it, if for no other reason than to save the library system," Carper said.
Also, commission heard the decision of the state Ethics Commission on the matter of some employees at the Union Public Service District selling surplus items online and keeping the profits.
The employees sold equipment that had been replaced by more modern equipment on eBay and made more than $10,000.
The Ethics Commission ruled the employees' actions were unethical.
"Obviously, they said you can't do that," Carper said.