YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Board of Professional Conduct for the Supreme Court of Ohio has granted a stay of suspension for the law license of former Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan.
The board issued its opinion Thursday in which Rauzan was accused of mishandling payments in connection to a personal injury case. His conviction involving the use of a law enforcement database for purposes outside his role as police chief was also considered.
Rauzan was sentenced in 2017 to one year of probation, and he had to forfeit his police certification and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to attempted unauthorized use of property.
Another attorney connected to the personal injury case, Carol Clemente Wagner, was issued a public reprimand for failing to inform the clients that she also did not carry malpractice insurance.
The board recommended imposing a six-month suspension, stayed in its entirety on the condition that Rauzan engage in no further misconduct. Considering that Rauzan has corrected the deficiencies with his client trust account, the board concluded that he was not a threat to the public and therefore an actual suspension was unnecessary.
The board also stressed that Rauzan was cooperative and remorseful at his disciplinary hearing.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that Rauzan’s law license was not suspended. He was granted a stay of suspension, with conditions. We regret the error.