Kristen Ziman was born and raised on the west side of Aurora. She is a graduate of West Aurora High School and started as a Police Cadet at the Aurora Police Department in 1991. She joined the Aurora Police force in 1994 as a sworn officer and 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
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 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).
She is currently attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California pursuing a second Master's Degree in Homeland Security and Defense.
Her passion is writing and she was a columnist for the Chicago Tribune Beacon News for 6 years. She also blogs about police-related topics and her blog has been featured by the Illinois Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) and among the top police blogs.
Kristen lives in Aurora with her family.