Bruce will begin his new position in early June, pending the completion of a background check and pre-employment testing, according to a news release from the city of Richland.
Bruce will succeed former Richland Police Chief Chris Skinner, who accepted the chief position at the Eugene, Oregon police department, and Richland's interim Police Chief Jeff Taylor.
“Richland is a first-class city in an area that is very desirable to me and my family," Bruce said in a news release. "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 was selected as a finalist for the Richland position in April. He has been with the Frisco Police Department since 1996. Two years later he was promoted to captain, and in 2003 he was promoted to assistant chief.
Bruce was named interim chief in October 2012 and chief in February 2013. He began his law-enforcement career with the city of Allen in 1986, giving him about 30 years of experience in law enforcement.
Bruce has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas.
This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.