Public Safety Cadets
Kristen Ziman 800.jpgKristen Ziman
Former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.)
Speaker | Author | Leader | Change Agent

Kristen Ziman joined the Aurora Police force in 1991 as a police cadet and became a sworn officer in 1994. She worked in patrol, field training, community policing and investigations as a domestic violence detective before being promoted to sergeant in 2003.  She was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and to Commander in 2010 and Chief of Police in January of 2016.

She recently retired after 30 years with the department and launched a professional speaking and consulting business to pursue her passion of helping organizations through leadership challenges. She also led her department through a mass shooting where five people were killed and five of her officers were shot. Her life’s mission has become to prevent the next mass casualty. And she provides guidance to organizations on lessons learned from the incident in her city.

Kristen earned her Associates Degree from Waubonsee Community College in 1994. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. She earned a 2nd Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy #249. She completed the Kellogg Women’s Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University, Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

Kristen is the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.

Kristen serves as Vice President at Large for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).