Assistant Chief Zdilla has been with the Chandler Police Department since 1994. As an officer, Assistant Chief Zdilla worked as a patrol officer, certified field training officer, and general instructor. From patrol he was assigned to the investigations division, working as financial 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. Assistant Chief Zdilla developed the computer forensic capability of the department, routinely trained other police officers in computer seizure and processing techniques, and was recognized by local and national organizations for his work in the field.
As a sergeant, Assistant Chief Zdilla supervised units in field operations (patrol), criminal intelligence (investigations), and training. As the training sergeant he designed and implemented the department computer based training program and the digitization of all employee training records. Assistant Chief Zdilla also worked as the lead mobile field force instructor and continued teaching courses in basic investigations, firearms, supervision and leadership, crowd control techniques, active shooter response, and 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 planning the department’s response to 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 alternate team leaders, and developed and presented an active shooter response guideline for city personnel and members of 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 was assigned to lead the Professional Services Division, which includes Communications, Records/ Property & Evidence, Police IT, and the Crime Laboratory. During this time, Assistant Chief Zdilla also served as the Executive Officer, managing projects from the Office of the Chief. He promoted to Assistant Chief in September of 2015.
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 recent graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Assistant Chief Zdilla is an adjunct instructor for the University of Phoenix, teaching in their Criminal Justice and Security Program.