Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin today announced that veteran Aurora police officer Keith Cross will be the new “top cop” for Illinois’ second-largest city and that another former Aurora police officer, Guillermo Trujillo, is his nomination for the position of deputy mayor.
Cross will replace retiring Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, who announced last month her plans to conclude a 30-year career with the Aurora Police Department effective Aug. 6.
A graduate of East Aurora High School, Cross has been a sworn officer of the Aurora Police Department since 1994, serving a number of positions include a Community Oriented Police Officer, a School Resource Officer, and a DARE / GREAT instructor.
In 2005, Cross was promoted to sergeant. In 2008, he was promoted to lieutenant, then commander and most recently to deputy chief.
Known for his consistent encouragement to others and a firm commitment to excellence, Cross has been a leader in law enforcement and in the greater Aurora community.
He has served as the leader of the APD Honor Guard, Coordinator of the APD Crisis Hostage Negotiator Team and President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Northern Illinois Chapter, where he has joined forces with other law enforcement agencies to facilitate workshops that strengthen police and community relations.
In addition, he co-coordinated the 1st West Aurora Boys Basketball Feeder Program and has mentored and coach hundreds of children in the Fox Valley area.
In 2016, he was named Aurora’s Outstanding African-American of the Year.
Trujillo will fill the shoes of Aurora Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson also retired after a 30-year career with the municipality. Irvin appointed Nelson in 2017 to serve as the city’s first deputy mayor.
Aurora Police Department Support Services Cmdr. Matt Thomas was appointed as the next deputy chief.
The Aurora City Council must still approve Irvin’s appointments.
This article will be updated when additional information is available from official sources.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release