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Former Highway Patrol superintendent seeks reinstatement

January 16, 2020 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent who resigned under pressure has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court seeking to be reinstated.

Mark Bruce resigned as superintendent amid questions about an alleged domestic violence incident involving another top patrol official. Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration placed him on leave in late March and he offered to resign the same day, effective April 6.

Bruce filed a petition Wednesday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to order Kelly and the Highway Patrol to rehire him as a major, the rank he held when he became superintendent, The Wichita Eagle reported. The petition says Bruce has asked Kelly and the patrol several times to reinstate him but they have refused.

Bruce said in an interview that he wants to clear his name. He also noted he hasn’t worked since he left the agency and his departure could cost him $500,000 in retirement benefits.

Kelly spokeswoman Dena Sattler said the governor’s office doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Former assistant superintendent Lt. Col. Randy Moon resigned the same day as Bruce. Moon’s resignation came after Excelsior Springs, Missouri, police investigated an alleged domestic violence incident in that city involving a man who they were told was a Kansas state trooper. No charges were ever filed.