The city of Richland, Washington announced that Frisco Police Chief John W. Bruce has been selected as the city’s new chief of police.
According to a press release Bruce will be responsible for leading and maintaining Richland’s core values of teamwork, integrity, and excellence. The Chief will continue the high level of police services in Richland, direct operations at Benton County Emergency Services, and provide an important perspective on the city’s leadership team.
Bruce has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, a release states, and joins Richland after climbing the ranks within the Frisco Police Department, where he has served since 1996.
He was named Frisco police chief in January 2013. As chief, he has led a department of 215 sworn personnel and 115 civilians in the fast-growing community, which boasts a population of over 185,000 residents.
When notified of the appointment, Bruce stated he was very excited to join a team of talented professionals in the Richland Police Department who share a commitment to public service and excellence. Bruce added, “Richland is a first-class city in an area that is very desirable to me and my family. I have been impressed by the community and its police department. I truly look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Richland City Manager Cindy Reents said, “I am confident that Chief Bruce’s experience and commitment will be a good match for the city of Richland. His understanding of police leadership and community engagement, coupled with his proven track record, will be important assets for our City for years to come.”
Bruce earned a BA in sociology in 1992 and a Master’s Degree in public affairs in 1994, both from the University of Texas at Dallas. Among other educational accomplishments, Bruce completed Session 216 of the FBI National Academy and is an alumnus of the Leadership and Command College.
In addition, Bruce is committed to community involvement and participating on professional boards and organizations. He has served as an Executive Partner for the Children’s Advocacy Center since 2013.
The release stated subject to the successful completion of a customary background investigation and pre-employment testing, he will begin his work as chief of police for Richland in early June.