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Outgoing Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman speaks to the Aurora City Council just over a week ahead of retirement on August 6. (City of Aurora video still).

Outgoing Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman was honored on Tuesday by the Aurora City Council and Mayor Richard Irvin. August 6 is Ziman's last day on the job. She'll have been with the Aurora Police Department for thirty years. Mayor Irvin proclaimed August 6 as Chief Kristen Ziman Day and presented her with the Mayor's Award of Excellence.

Ziman says that she worked to create a culture at the police department where officers feel safe to ask for help.

Ziman also reflected on the Henry Pratt mass shooting in 2019. Ziman says she appreciates the accolades she has received about leading the department through the shooting that left several officers wounded, but says she doesn't deserve the credit.

Ziman isn't worried about leadership in the department when she retires. The Aurora City Council has already approved Deputy Chief Keith Cross for the job.

Ziman is the first woman to lead the 300-plus Aurora Police Department. Chief-Elect Keith Cross will be sworn in at ceremony on Wednesday August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at his alma mater East Aurora High School.