CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan has been fired after a two-month investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Rauzan, who was sworn in as chief three years ago, was placed on administrative leave in September, pending the results of the investigation into an incident on July 27.
In September, a woman told investigators that Rauzan reached out to her to take care of a warrant for driving with expired plates. While she was at the police station in July, she says Rauzan touched her inappropriately.
She told investigators Rauzan rubbed his genitals against her and suggested they play a game. She said she was scared to report the incident and left immediately.
Campbell Law Director Brian Macala said the BCI’s investigation has been turned over to him, and he plans to hire a special prosecutor to go over the information. The city expects charges to be filed soon.
In the meantime, Campbell Mayor Nick Phillips sent a letter to Rauzan stating the firing was “due to any or all of the following: misconduct in office, dereliction of duty, the flagrant exercise of authority or power not authorized by law, gross immorality, unsatisfactory performance, immoral conduct, discourteous treatment of the public, violation of policy and/or work rule, misfeasance, malfeasance and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.”
Nothing related to why Rauzan was fired is in his personnel file.
Phillips said he felt the firing was necessary to keep the integrity of the city.
Rauzan’s lawyer said Rauzan denies all of the accusations and said they plan to appeal his firing.
Kevein Sferra remains as the interim chief. He was named to the position when Rauzan was placed on administrative leave. Whether or not Sferra will become the full-time chief is still to be determined.