In January 2015, Governor Sam Brownback appointed the Kansas Highway Patrol's 22nd Superintendent, Colonel Mark Bruce to his new role within the agency. Bruce has served more than 27 years with the Patrol, and has overseen several sections within the agency.


Bruce joined the Patrol on June 18, 1989, as a member of KHP Class #25. His first duty station was in the Manhattan area. He transferred to Linn County in 1993. In 1996, Bruce transferred to the Research and Planning Section of General Headquarters in Topeka.


He was promoted to sergeant in 1998, and 2nd lieutenant in 2000, with both promotions in the Patrol's Support Services section. In 2003, Bruce was promoted to lieutenant, then captain of Emergency Operations. He transferred to captain of Homeland Security when the section was created in 2004.

In 2007, Bruce returned to Support Services as a captain. He was promoted to major of the Support Services section in 2008, and began overseeing the 
  • Central Communications and the Criminal Justice Information Systems unit
  • Human Resources
  • Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy
  • Legal/Records section
  • Public and Governmental Affairs
In 2013 he was transferred to serve as major of the Patrol's West Region, assuming responsibility for Field Troops C, D, E, and F, as well as Troop M, Central Communications. 


Bruce is a graduate of Ellsworth High School in Ellsworth, Kansas. He earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Barton County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University.

Bruce served in the Kansas Air National Guard from 1985 to 1994, attaining the rank of technical sergeant in law enforcement.