Colonel Mark Bruce was appointed to serve as the 22nd Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol by Governor Sam Brownback on January 27, 2015.  Governor Laura Kelly announced his retainment on December 20, 2018. 

Bruce joined the Patrol on June 18, 1989, as a member of KHP Class #25. His first duty station was in Riley County. 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 second 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 and administered the State Homeland Security Grant Program.  He also oversaw Patrol members assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the DEA Task Force. In 2007, Bruce returned to Support Services as a captain. 

Bruce was promoted to major of the Support Services section in 2008, and began overseeing Public & Governmental Affairs, Central Communications, the Criminal Justice Information Systems unit, the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, Legal, Records and Human Resources. In 2013 he was transferred to serve as major of the Patrol’s West Region, assuming responsibility for the 73 counties in Field Troops C, D, E, and F, as well as Troop M, which included Central Communications and the Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Unit.

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 Administration from Washburn University. 

Bruce served in the Kansas Air National Guard from 1985 to 1994.  He was deployed with the United States Air Force in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.