Born and raised in Aurora, Commander Ziman graduated from West Aurora High School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aurora University and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Boston University. She is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.
Commander Kirstin Ziman began her career in 1991 as a Police Cadet and became a Police Officer in 1994. As an officer, she worked in Patrol, Community Policing, Field Training, and as an investigator in the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and supervised the patrol division. She was promoted as the first female Lieutenant in the history of APD in 2008 where she worked as the Midnight Shift Watch Commander and Field Training Coordinator.
Prior to her promotion to Commander in June of 2010, she served as the Administrative Services Lieutenant overseeing the budget process. Commander Ziman is a member of the Employee Review Board. She is also a columnist for the Aurora Beacon-News, a publication of the Chicago Sun Times.
Commander Ziman has been a member of NAWLEE since 2005.