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Rauzan takes oath as Campbell's new police chief

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - A new era at the Campbell Police Department, as Drew Rauzan takes the helm as the city's new police chief.

Chief Rauzan was sworn-in by Mayor William Vansuch at the Campbell Police Memorial on Friday afternoon, in front of family, friends and members of the community.

In an unprecedented move, Rauzan also asked officers from his department to stand with him, and reaffirm their oaths to the community as well.

Rauzan is a 15 year veteran of the police department, a Campbell native, and an Ursuline graduate.

He received his masters in Criminal Justice Administration from Youngstown State University, and is a licensed Ohio Attorney.

The Mayor says as interim chief over the past six months, Rauzan and his staff have earned high praise from residents.

"All of a sudden we're getting a lot more compliments than we ever had about the Campbell Police Department, people are saying what a good job they're doing, and everybody's noticing it," Vansuch said.

Chief Rauzan tells 21 News, "It's humbling. It's always a please to serve, and we serve as a group, we serve as a team, and hopefully this ceremony as a group hammered that point home. We're all in this together, and I'm still part of it as a police officer."

It's clear Rauzan's philosophy doesn't include sitting behind a desk. He works various shifts not only arresting felons, but even answering barking dog calls if necessary.

One change that's been made in the department is giving officers a little bit more flexibility to choose their schedule, and that's paying off with more patrols during critical times.

So that the department can remain pro-active, Chief Rauzan is urging the community to vote in favor of Campbell's renewal of the 3.0-mill safety forces levy.

If the levy fails, police officers could be laid-off.

"So we'll be back to skeletal staffing in the police department, and I want to move forward, and the only way to move forward and be pro-active is to have people to support the levy. This levy is just a renewal, but it's key to what happens, the short-term future of the police department," Chief Rauzan says.

The chief says if the levy doesn't pass his officers are still committed to delivering quality service to the community, but it's a numbers game and six officers can do more work than two officers.

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