Although Hardy said he was not happy to see a county fire department under criminal investigation, he is hopeful the "truth will come to light."
"I never accused anyone at the Chesapeake Fire Department of any criminal activity," he said. "I just wanted to get at the truth.
"But all attempts to get to the truth have been stonewalled by the department," Hardy added.
Hardy initially became concerned over the VFD's financial practices in the fall of 2011 when he learned the agency had not paid a fuel bill owed to the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority.
He soon learned the VFD grossed $4.2 million from bingo and raffle from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2010.
He also learned that the department paid Johnson a $56,000 annual salary.
The town of Chesapeake is also now seeking back business and occupation taxes from a radio company owned by the department.
Hardy has called for Johnson and the department's board members to step down to restore public confidence. Johnson's father, Steve Johnson, is president of the board.
Steve Johnson collects about $30,000 a year from Communication Services Inc., the radio company owned by the department.
Hardy is unsure what will come of the criminal investigation. However, he hopes the department will become more transparent once the investigation is concluded.
"I'm sorry that it came to this," he said.
The discussions between the commission and the fire department have become heated at times.
On Aug. 2, VFD officials attended a commission meeting to discuss the county's audit.
Verbal sparring commenced when Hardy accused them of dragging their feet when it came to providing the records.
VFD officials asked commissioners to sign a confidentiality agreement before they would turn over the records. Commissioners rejected the request.