Sydney Roberts, Chief Administrator

Chief Administrator Sydney Roberts brings over 30 years of experience in community advocacy, law enforcement and public integrity to COPA.

Prior to joining COPA, Roberts served at the Secretary of State Department of Police, first as Chief Deputy Director/Colonel and then later as a Director where she oversaw all statewide investigative districts as well as the security of the Illinois State Capitol Complex for eight years. From 2005 to 2010, she served as First Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General, leading investigations of fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct regarding public integrity. Before that she was Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Human Services working on behalf of those with mental and developmental disabilities. She also served as a sworn member of law enforcement as Police Commander of the Maywood Police Department where she oversaw internal affairs efforts and in the New Jersey Essex County Prosecutor Office as a Lieutenant of Internal Affairs. Roberts is an Ethics Instructor and was a former Polygraph Examiner.

Roberts holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Delaware, a Master’s of Science in criminology from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.