By Sean Barron
The city finally has a new permanent police chief.
Atty. Drew W. Rauzan, a detective/sergeant in the police department who began his duties as chief Oct. 21, took his oath during an outdoor gathering Friday at the administration building, 351 Tenney Ave.
Also, reaffirming their oaths at Rauzan’s swearing-in ceremony were nearly all of the department’s 15 full-time officers.
Rauzan, who joined the Campbell Police Department in August 1998, replaces Gus Sarigianopoulos, who retired after 28 years on the force.
“He is highly qualified, and everyone notices the good job of the department,” Mayor William J. VanSuch said of the new chief.
Rauzan, who graduated from Cleveland State University’s College of Law in 2010, listed “continuation of reliable service and positive rapport with residents” as two of his main short-term goals.
He also urged people to vote for a 3-mill police and fire renewal levy on Tuesday’s general-election ballot. The five-year measure will bring in $198,197 annually, which will be divided equally between both departments. The levy costs a person with a $100,000 home $105 annually.
“The levy will not mean new taxes for residents,” Rauzan noted.
Its failure, however, likely would mean layoffs of part-time officers as well as two or three full-timers, he warned.
The chief’s primary long-term goals are updating the department’s human-resources policies, overhauling certain training procedures and using money from drug seizures and grants for officer training and new equipment.
After achieving full-time status in December 1998, Rauzan was promoted to detective/sergeant in 2004.
In 1997, Rauzan earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Youngstown State University before entering the police academy at the University of Akron. In 2003, he graduated from YSU with a master’s degree in criminal-justice administration.
For three years beginning in 2006, he founded and ran the CASTLO Police Athletic League, which operated a nonprofit boxing program for youngsters from Campbell, Struthers and Lowellville.