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The City of Richland Selects New Chief of Police (Photo) - 05/13/19

RICHLAND — The City of Richland, WA is pleased to announce that John W. Bruce of Frisco, TX, has been selected as the City’s new Chief of Police. Bruce will follow Chief Chris Skinner, who last year accepted a position as Police Chief in Eugene, OR. The department has most recently been led by Interim Police Chief, Jeff Taylor.

The incoming Police Chief 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.

Chief Bruce has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and joins Richland after climbing the ranks within the City of Frisco, TX 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. Like Richland, the City of Frisco is a high-quality community. Frisco was named Money Magazine’s #1 Best Place to live in the U.S. for 2018 and the Frisco Police Department is accredited through the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

When notified of the appointment, Chief 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. Chief 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.”

City Manager, Cindy Reents states, “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.”

Chief 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, Chief 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.

John is an avid runner and outdoorsman. He is married to his wife, Anita, and they have two sons, who are also public safety professionals.

Subject to the successful completion of a customary background investigation and pre-employment testing, he will begin his work as Chief of Police for the City of Richland in early June 2019.

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