AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — After 30 years with the Aurora Police Department, Chief Kirsten Ziman is retiring.
Ziman rose from cadet in 1991 to sworn officer three years later. She worked in patrol, field training, community policing, and investigations as a domestic violence detective, and was then promoted to sergeant in 2003, lieutenant in 2008, and commander in 2010.READ MORE: Family Of Amazon Delivery Driver Killed When Tornado Hit Downstate Warehouse To File Lawsuit
“At that time there were no females in rank whatsoever, so it never occurred to me that it was a possibility,” she said at the time.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Low 20s Monday Night; Arctic Cold Front Coming Wednesday Morning
Ziman led the department through its darkest hour in a horrific mass shooting.
On Feb. 15, 2019, Gary Martin opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora – killing five of his coworkers and injuring five officers.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Ending 5-Day Isolation After Testing Positive For COVID-19 Last Week
Ziman’s final day is Aug. 6.