Gov.-Elect Jim Justice Taps Kanawha Commissioner Hardy as Secretary of Revenue

Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy will serve as his secretary of the Department of Revenue.

Hardy is an attorney and a CPA with years of experience balancing the budget for state’s largest county, Kanawha County. He’s taught college courses in accounting and public policy at WVU Tech, University of Charleston, and WV State University. Hardy is currently teaching public budgeting at WVSU as part of a master’s program.

Hardy was elected to the Charleston City Council in 1995 and then elected to the Kanawha County Commission for the first time in 2002. He is a native of Pratt, WV and currently lives in Charleston, WV.

During his tenure in local government, Hardy has passed 21 balanced budgets, for Kanawha County and the City of Charleston. Hardy will resign from the Kanawha County Commission effective midnight Jan. 19, and will officially start his new post in the Justice Administration the following day to avoid any overlap.

“Dave Hardy has the experience to help my administration conquer the budget crisis,” said Governor-elect Jim Justice. “Dave Hardy is a real asset for our team because he knows how to pass a responsible budget. Our state finances are a mess and require a watchful eye over every penny. We will not achieve greatness until we get out of the financial hole.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Governor-elect Jim Justice and the taxpayers of West Virginia,” Hardy said. “I welcome the challenge of digging into the books and solving West Virginia’s budget crisis. This isn’t impossible; it will take innovative ideas and creativity.”

Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government and a bachelor’s in accounting from WVU Tech. He went to law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Hardy and his wife, Nadia, have been married 31 years.