Aurora’s Police Chief Retires

Appears in the October 2021 issue.

Kristen Ziman retired on August 6 after 30 years of service to the city of Aurora. Ziman began working for the Aurora Police Department in 1991 as a cadet at the age of 17. When she was sworn in as an officer in 1994 there were no women in supervisory positions in the department. During Ziman’s career she blazed a trail for women in the force as she was promoted to sergeant in 2003, lieutenant in 2008, commander in 2010, and chief of police in 2016.

Mayor Richard Irvin proclaimed August 6 as Chief Kristen Ziman Day in Aurora. 

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest men and women, professional staff, and members of this city,” Ziman said.

Photo courtesy City of Aurora