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Lightfoot makes personnel announcements
2021-11-17

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On Nov. 16, Chicago announced that Andrea Kersten is the new chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). She also announced that Erin Harkey is the new commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and that Kenneth Meyer is the commissioner of The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP).

As chief administrator, Kersten will lead COPA's mission to provide a just and efficient means to fairly and timely conduct investigations within its jurisdiction; determine whether allegations of police misconduct are well-founded; identify and address patterns of police misconduct; and make policy recommendations to improve the Chicago Police Department, thereby reducing incidents of police misconduct. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the City of Chicago, most recently serving as COPA's interim chief administrator.

Harkey will lead the city's efforts to enrich Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago's non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City's future cultural and economic growth; marketing the City's cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

As commissioner, Meyer will be charged with leading BACP's primary efforts to ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace for both businesses and consumers. BACP oversees the processing of licenses for businesses, public vehicles and liquor establishments and issues public way use permits. Additionally, BACP protects the public from unfair and deceptive practices by investigating businesses, serves as a liaison to the small-business community, provides business education and access to support services and resources, and enforces Chicago's labor-standards laws.

All appointments are subject to City Council approval.


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