By EMMALEE C. TORISK
When Sgt. Drew Rauzan officially is sworn in as the city’s new, permanent police chief sometime within the next month, he won’t do it alone.
Instead, all members of the police department — which now consists of 15 full-time officers, and 10 active part-time officers — will again take their oaths of office, rededicating themselves to city residents.
“We are a team,” said Rauzan, who has been interim chief of the department since June. “I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to be the key position in this organization that every other officer looks to for guidance and for leadership.”
Rauzan learned Tuesday that he’d received the highest score on last week’s civil-service exam, which was intended to determine the permanent replacement for former Chief Gus Sarigianopoulos.
Other contenders for the position were Sgt. David Taybus, who acted as interim chief from December until Rauzan’s appointment, and Sgt. John Rusnak.
Mayor William VanSuch said he must officially appoint Rauzan to the post within 30 days of receiving the test results, but that he’ll likely do so much more quickly.
He added that he has “no complaints” with the police department’s recent efforts, particularly those that occurred under Rauzan’s watch.
“Every day it seems like they’re improving,” VanSuch said. “The citizens do appreciate what they’re doing.”
Among the improvements Rauzan has made to the department is the launch of a special-investigations unit that focuses solely on drug-related issues.
Overall, the unit has been “an overwhelming success,” Rauzan said. He added that arrests are up, while drug activity is on the decline, and indicated that Campbell is “at a crossroads.”
“The police department is in a unique position to actually sway the city toward being a nice place to live or being a rough place to live. It is our goal to do whatever possible to make Campbell a nice place to live,” Rauzan said.
Rauzan is a 15-year veteran of the Campbell Police Department, a part-time patrol officer for the Poland Village Police Department and a licensed attorney.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University, and his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
In addition, Rauzan taught criminal justice part time for more than 10 years at several area colleges, and coached football for 14 years at Ursuline and Howland high schools.