Bruce J. Smith

Bruce J. Smith

Title: City Manager
Company: City of Grosse Pointe Woods
Location: Washington, Michigan, United States

Bruce J. Smith, City Manager at City of Grosse Pointe Woods, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public safety.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and corrections from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1979, Mr. Smith continued his education with a Master of Science in public administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant in 2003. He began his career in public service as a police officer with the Detroit Police Department from 1977 to 1980 and the Romulus Police Department from 1981 to 1983. He thereupon served the Oak Park Department of Public Safety as an officer and sergeant from 1984 to 2006, moving from safety officer to sergeant to lieutenant to deputy director to public safety director. Mr. Smith then provided superior service as chief of police of Chesterfield Township from 2006 to 2015 and city administrator and police commissioner of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods from 2015 to the present.

Mr. Smith’s professional memberships include with the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police from 2008 to 2015, as well as Michigan Municipal Executives and International City/County Management Association. He also served as president of the Macomb County Association of Chiefs of Police and president of the Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police Association.

Mr. Smith attributes his success to his strong work ethics, strong integrity, and a strong desire to achieve. He was mentored by his father-in-law who served in Detroit Police Department and engendered in him the desire to join it. As a career highlight, he cites completely remodeling of Chesterfield Police Department building from a factory to a modern, functioning police department facility. Looking at retirement, Ms. Smith intends to do some consulting.

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