After his secondary education in Adana, he graduated in civil engineering from Cukurova University. He went on to work as a civil engineer in the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. He has lived in Mersin since 1980.
He was elected Mayor of Mersin in 1999. He successfully stood for a third term in the March 2009 election.  But in 2014 (partially because of the change in the election territory borders) he lost the elections. Özcan has been accused of being a "political octopus" and prone to corruption and dishonesty. 
He is married with two children.
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