Assistant Chief Jason Zdilla has been with the Chandler Police Department since 1994. As an officer, Assistant Chief Zdilla worked in patrol, was a certified field training officer and general instructor. From patrol, he was assigned to the investigations division, working as financial and computer crimes detective where he became the first Chandler Police Officer certified by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (I.A.C.I.S.) as a certified computer forensic examiner. In this role, Assistant Chief Zdilla expanded the computer forensic capabilities of the department and was recognized by local and national organizations for his work in the field.
As a sergeant, Assistant Chief Zdilla supervised field operation teams and oversaw the criminal intelligence and training units. As the training sergeant, he designed and implemented the department’s first computer based training program. Assistant Chief Zdilla was the lead mobile field force instructor and taught courses in basic investigations, firearms, supervision and leadership, crowd control techniques, active shooter response, and employee mentoring.
Upon promoting to lieutenant, Assistant Chief Zdilla was assigned to the patrol division as a shift commander where he oversaw the field training program and the bike team. As the special operations lieutenant, he was responsible for overseeing signature community events including the Ostrich Festival, Fourth of July Celebration, and Tumbleweed Tree Lighting. While assigned to the Special Assignment Unit as the Tactical Commander and Homeland Security Liaison, Assistant Chief Zdilla expanded the tactical team’s capabilities in technical and remote surveillance options, developed the alternate team leader program, and presented active shooter response training to city personnel and the Chandler Unified School District. In January 2014, he was assigned to the Professional Standards Section. Assistant Chief Zdilla promoted to Commander in August of 2014.
As a commander, Assistant Chief Zdilla served as the Executive Officer to the chief, managing projects for the Office of the Chief and leading the Communications, Records/ Property & Evidence, Police Technology Sections. He promoted to Assistant Chief in September of 2015 and has served in both the Field Operations Division and Professional Services Divisions.
Assistant Chief Zdilla holds a Master of Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and currently services on the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Technology and Communications subcommittee.