Campbell police chief on paid administrative leave

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan has been placed on paid administrative leave. For citizens of the city, it’s a situation that needs to be explained.

Rauzan was sworn in as chief three years ago but on Monday, the City of Campbell took him off the job.

“Chief Rauzan is off on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged misconduct. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, I can give you no further comment at this time,” Mayor Nick Phillips said.

Over the phone, Rauzan confirmed that he was put on leave and advised that a situation was being looked into.

Campbell Law Director Brian Macala said the allegation came Friday from a citizen’s complaint related to Rauzan’s position as police chief.

“We believe the complaint was of such a nature that an outside investigation should take a look,” Macala said.

The city requested the Bureau of Criminal Investigations’ help after receiving the complaint, wanting a fair and independent look. Its investigation is expected to be completed quickly.

Rauzan served a three-day suspension in May after Phillips found students he was coaching using city workout facilities without the city’s permission.

Phillips said that incident is not related to the investigation and did not show any indication of wrongdoing.

The police department is now under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Sferra.

“Lieutenant Sferra is more than capable of handling the chief’s position. Police department is in good hands,” Phillips said.

Rauzan said he does not know what the investigation is about, and Phillips would not explain how serious it was or whether it was criminal or civil in nature. Phillips said BCI will make that determination.

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