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Deputy Warden Jacob Bruce

​​Bruce began his career with the DOC as a correctional officer at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) in 2008. Bruce promoted to sergeant in 2012, lieutenant in 2014, and unit administrator I in 2015. As a unit administrator he managed general population and restrictive housing at WKCC, as well as the minimum unit assessment center at the Ross-Cash Center. He joined the Kentucky State Penitentiary team in 2020 as the unit administrator II managing KSP's restrictive housing units (RHU) and RHU Transition Program. During his career Bruce has served as an adjustment committee chairman, grievance coordinator, ADA coordinator, and WKCC KOMS liaison. Bruce has been a Less Lethal/Chemical Agents and Taser instructor and is currently a DOC certified firearms instructor.

A Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) member since 2010, Bruce was named the institutional CERT commander for WKCC in 2019. After transitioning to KSP in 2020, he continued to be active in their CERT.

Bruce has received numerous awards during his career, including Supervisor of the Quarter and the 2020 DOC Achievement Award for WKCC. He graduated from the Western Region LEAD Program in 2016 and completed the Certificate of Supervisory Essentials program through the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet in 2017.

A 2016 graduate of Murray State University, Bruce received his bachelor's degree in integrated studies. He has been a member of the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) since 2012 and has previously served as Four Rivers Chapter president.