Richland chooses new chief of police

Richland chooses new chief of police

RICHLAND, Wash. — The City of Richland has chosen a new police chief more than a year after former chief Chris Skinner’s departure to Eugene, Oregon.

John Bruce joins the Richland Police Department from Frisco, Texas, where he has served since 1996. He has served as the Frisco police chief since 2013 and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience.

As chief, he led a department of 215 sworn personnel and 115 civilians in Frisco, which has a population of more than 185,000. In 2018, Money Magazine named Frisco the “#1 Best Place to live in the U.S.,” according to a news release.

When he learned that he was chosen for the job, Chief Bruce said he was very excited to join a team that shares his commitment to public service and excellence.

“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,” Bruce said.

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. He completed Session 216 of the FBI National Academy and is an alumnus of the Leadership and Command College.

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

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