Civilian Office of Police Accountability


Sydney Roberts

 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.


 Jay Westensee, Chief Investigator

Jay Westensee, Chief Investigator

Deputy Chief Westensee has over 12 years of investigative experience, including as a Chief Investigator with the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG).  As a member of the OIG from 2005 to 2015, Westensee investigated administrative and criminal allegations of misconduct, waste and inefficiency by City of Chicago employees, contractors, and subcontractors, as well as supervised and collaborated with staff to develop investigative strategy and ensure timely completion of investigative matters. Westensee holds a B.S. in Justice Systems from Truman State University, an M.A. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University, and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.


Andrea Kersten

Andrea Kersten Chief Investigator

Deputy Chief Kersten is an attorney with over a decade of experience in a wide array of practice areas and a demonstrated commitment to public service.   Kersten spent eight years as a prosecutor in Cook County, handling primarily domestic violence and sexual abuse cases.  After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office, she went on to serve as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  Prior to taking on the role as Deputy Chief Investigator for COPA, Kersten was the Chief Investigative Law Officer for the agency.  Kersten also serves on the board of The Tripp Healy Foundation which supports student athletes in the greater Chicagoland area.  Kersten received her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and her B.A. in Sociology from North Park University.


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