Bruce holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, and has received certification as a Master Peace Officer in the State of Texas. He has served over 44 years as a Police Officer in Texas and is a Certified Police Firearms Instructor, Police Instructor, and Texas Emergency Manager with over 6,000 hours of training.
He previously served as the Police Chief for the City of Hitchcock from 1984-1987, City Manager for the City of Hitchcock from 1987-1992, Emergency Manager for City of Texas City and City of Hitchcock from 1984-1992, and the Emergency Management Coordinator and Homeland Security Director for the City of Texas City from 1992-2014. Bruce is currently with Marathon Petroleum, Galveston Bay Refinery as Senior HESS Professional Security.
Bruce served on the Citizens Finance Assessment Committee for TCISD from 2017-2018. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Zoning Board and Planning Board for the City of Texas City, Galveston County Central Appraisal District, Hospice Care Team and United Way Galveston County Mainland. He is a member of the Texas City Rotary Club and was a founding member of the West Galveston County Rotary Club. He also currently serves as a City Commissioner at Large for the City of Texas City.
Throughout his time in the United States Marine Corps, Bruce received the Bronze Star Medal (Combat Device "V" Authorized) and Presidential Unit Citation for displaying acts of heroism in combat. He served with the First Marines, Fifth Regiment in South Viet Nam and was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with "Palm and Frame" Authorized) for his sacrificial and valorous service in South Viet Nam.
Bruce is an active member of his community and has received many community awards, including the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award, Leslie Hayley Community Service Award, College of the Mainland Foundation Mainland Hero Award, Texas City ISD Hall of Honor, and the Boy Scouts of America Texas City Golden Eagle Award.