Sydney Roberts was formally appointed Inspector General by then Governor Rod Blagojevich in May 2003, after having served as Acting Inspector General since February 2003 and as Deputy Inspector General before that. Inspector General
Roberts was a career law enforcement professional. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, a law degree from Rutgers University, and a masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford
University in England. Her masters concentrated on the rights of victims with mental disabilities. She served as Inspector General from February 2003 through July 2004.
Inspector General Roberts' accomplishments were:
- Further refining of the processes of case initiation and management;
- Integration of case information that is timely, accurate and comprehensive to ensure continued compliance with regulatory requirements;
- Increased investigative training for community agencies that opt to conduct their own investigations for less complex cases;
- A process for internal monitoring of Nurse Aide Registry cases;
- Statutory amendments to improve the operations of the OIG; and
- Ensuring professionalism of OIG's investigators:
- Expanded directives and protocols aimed at improving and standardizing administrative and investigative procedures; and
- Intranet-based training to reduce staff time and travel and to provide accessible core competency training to current OIG staff.