Campbell Police Department swears in new chief


CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – The City of Campbell has a new police chief.

Dennis Puskarcik was sworn in as chief on Friday.

Puskarcik started his law enforcement career with the Campbell Police Department in 1978. He has been working in Florida for the past 10 years, where he retired from the force.

He recently moved back to the area to take the job in Campbell.

Puskarcik said he’s ready to start getting work done, but the department seems to be in good shape.

“I gotta evaluate what’s going on and if changes are needed. I’ll make the changes but there’s nothing going to be drastically changed.”

He’s currently working to get recertified in the State of Ohio to be an officer.

The department hired Puskarcik after Police Chief Drew Rauzan was fired following an investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Investigators say Rauzan inappropriately touched a woman at the police station – an allegation that Rauzan denied.

Kevin Sferra has been interim chief in Rauzan’s absence.