Kristen Ziman

Kristen Ziman

City of Chicago Police Board officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman has made it into the final three for the open Chicago Police Superintendent position. 

In a public update, Ziman was announced among the top three, along with former Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Ernest Cato. 

Former Los Angeles Police Detectives Chief Sean Malinowski did not make the top three after being announced among the top four in February. 

The police board narrowed the nationwide search down from 25 candidates. 

Aurora's chief is the only woman on the list. She was thrust into the national spotlight nearly a year ago when the Henry Pratt mass shooting in Aurora occurred, which garnered media attention from around the country.

She is also currently leading Aurora Police remotely while recovering from COVID-19, as is Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin. 

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is currently acting as the interim superintendent in Chicago following the firing of Eddie Johnson.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in recent years, nationwide searches were conducted by the police board while the mayor conducted his or her own back-channel search and the mayor's pick would appear on the final three list. 

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't pick any of the final three finalists and fast tracked former Supt. Johnson to be picked for the role. 

The paper reports that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has promised this time will be different in that she will base her decision upon the options that are presented by the police board.