Chief of Aurora Police Department in Washington D.C. For Tonight’s State of the Union

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman has the distinct honor of sitting in on the president’s state of the union address tonight from inside the House chamber.

Ziman will be the guest of Representative Bill Foster (D-11th), who praised her work in the community, especially in leading her force in the aftermath of the Henry Pratt shootings last year.

Chief Ziman was born and raised in Aurora. She is a graduate of West Aurora High School. She earned her associate’s degree from Waubonsee Community College in 1994. She also 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 1991, Ziman began her career with the Aurora Police Department as a police cadet and became a sworn officer in 1994 working in patrol, field training, community policing, and investigations as a domestic violence detective. She was promoted to sergeant in 2003, lieutenant in 2008, commander in 2010, and Aurora Chief of Police in 2016.

From this interview with Fox 32, Ziman seems excited to represent the City of Lights.