Bruce has deep roots in the City of Livonia. He spent much of his childhood visiting his grandparents at their Livonia home, which they built in 1941. He has happy memories of shopping at Wonderland and Livonia Malls, getting ice cream from Cloverdale, and milk delivery from Twin Pines Dairy. In 1992, he purchased their home, where he raised his own family. He and his wife, Donna, have a family of five children, their spouses, and three grandchildren.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Madonna University, and extensive post graduate studies in Business Administration and Emergency Management. He is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Staff and Command, is a Paramedic, and Fire Officer IV. He spent his career in the Fire Service, retiring as Deputy Fire Chief in a neighboring community. His experience in municipal management has prepared him well to serve as an effective leader for the City of Livonia and a civil servant for its residents.
After leaving the fire service, Bruce was recruited to manage a local ambulance company. He served as General Manager of a fleet of emergency, non-emergency, and service vehicles and a staff of approximately 150 employees. Upon fulfillment of his contractual obligations, he moved on to other enterprises. In addition to his keen interest in organizational management, Bruce has developed a broad base of experience in auto and fleet service, facility management, and construction trades. He is an accomplished builder/remodeler, and loves to coach DIY enthusiasts as they tackle their own projects. He understands the struggles of homeowners and businesses alike, and loves to help anyone he can.
In 2016, after discovery of toxic chemicals in the groundwater of Alden Village Subdivision, Bruce was the driving force in mobilizing the affected neighbors. Since initiating reactivation of their subdivision association, he has served as its President. He has worked extensively with local and state government representatives to get protection for every home in harm’s way. Bruce has the background and understanding of the issue to provide leadership as cleanup progresses, with an eye on the balance between protecting the city from further environmental disaster and maintaining the viability of Livonia’s largest employer and tax payer.
Bruce is running for Mayor for many reasons, including the deep respect he has developed for the department directors. He will maintain the positive atmosphere and cooperation within city departments. He is dedicated to the everyday issues of Livonia residents. With clear vision, unclouded by political persuasion, Bruce will address issues that do not receive adequate attention from current or past elected officials.