Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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Press Releases

Governor-Elect Laura Kelly Announces Retention of Highway Patrol Superintendent and Fire Marshal

Governor-Elect Laura Kelly | Dec 20, 2018

Governor-elect Laura Kelly announced today Colonel Mark Bruce will remain the Highway Patrol Superintendent and Doug Jorgensen will continue as the State Fire Marshal.

Colonel Mark Bruce was appointed as Highway Patrol Superintendent in January 2015. Bruce has served more than 29 years with the Patrol. During his career, he served in various roles with the Patrol’s Support Services, Emergency Operations, and Homeland Security. Prior to his appointment to Superintendent, Bruce served as the major who oversaw the Patrol’s Western Region and Central Communications.

“Colonel Mark Bruce has effectively led the Kansas Highway Patrol in recent years and has been a strong advocate for law enforcement officers,” said Kelly. “I have no doubt he will continue to put the safety of Kansans first while also representing the needs of the Kansas Highway Patrol.”

Bruce 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.

“This is a pivotal moment for our state and I am honored to continue serving the people of Kansas,” said Bruce. “I look forward to partnering with Governor-elect Kelly in the coming years to keep our families safe.”

Doug Jorgensen will continue as the State Fire Marshal. Jorgensen was appointed the State Fire Marshal in July 2012. Jorgensen has worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement. He began his career at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. He then went to work at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for 28 years before retiring in 2010.

“We are pleased to announce Doug Jorgensen will continue as State Fire Marshal,” said Kelly. “His years of experience in the field and expertise make him a valuable addition to our team. I look forward to working with Colonel Bruce and Mr. Jorgensen to improve the safety of Kansas families.”

“This is an exciting time for Kansas,” said Jorgensen. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect Kelly and her team to support the state fire service and keep our families safe.”