Greg Ward, assistant chief for the Frisco Police Department, will serve as interim police chief effective June 14.

The June 5 announcement comes after Police Chief John Bruce submitted his resignation and accepted a job as chief for Richland, Washington.

Ward has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience, nearly 20 of those years spent with the city of Frisco. He has supervised department units in patrol, traffic, special operations, school resource officers, community services, detention, animals services and communications.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve as interim police chief,” Ward said in a media release. “I’ll have big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Our department has a history of high standards, and the men and women in our department have a reputation for excellence. I’m proud to follow Chief Bruce in this leadership role and look forward to serving our residents, businesses and visitors throughout the city of Frisco.”

Bruce has been Frisco's police chief since February 2013. He joined the department in 1996. The public is invited to a retirement celebration for Bruce from 3 to 5 p.m. June 7 in the training room at the Frisco Police Department, 7200 Stonebrook Parkway.