According to Chief Mitchell Hooper, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department suspended Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan in early June 2018 after Hooper was contacted by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation. Chief Hooper stated that since that time, the Sheriff's Office has had the fire department's full cooperation.
"We are currently in the process of gathering documents so that a third party, independent audit can be conducted," said Hooper.
When asked if the search for Executive Board members was spurred because of the investigation on Sullivan, Hooper stated that the HCVFD was already in the process of assembling a board. He did say that by giving the community a chance to participate on the board, it would keep financial matters more transparent than what it had been, and prevent another situation such as this to occur.