Forensics - Leadership

Ms. Woolery

  • Robin J. Woolery
  • Deputy Director

Deputy Director (DD) Robin Woolery graduated from Dillard University in Chemistry then attended Northwestern University. She began her career in Forensics in 1992, after completing her Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. She worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Drug Chemist for two years and then moved to Des Moines, IA and began working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. This position allowed DD Woolery to work as a Drug Criminalist and a Crime Scene Investigator. She specialized in Clandestine Lab Investigations for five years. In 2000, she and her family returned to the Chicagoland area and she began her career with the Illinois State Police in 2001. DD Woolery worked as an analyst at the Forensic Science Center at Chicago (FSC-C) until she became a Drug Chemistry Group Supervisor at the Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory in 2003. In 2007, she was promoted to Laboratory Director at the Joliet Lab. In January 2017, she returned to the FSC-C as the Lab Director. She was promoted to Assistant Deputy Director of the Division of Forensic Services in 2019. DD Woolery oversees the Division of Forensic Services. The Division is made up of division administration staff and two Commands- the Forensic Science Command (FSC) and the Scene and Evidence Services Command (SESC). The FSC is comprised of approximately 400 Forensic Scientists, Evidence Technicians and administrative staff. The SESC is made up of Crime Scene Investigators, Traffic Crash Reconstruction Officers and Statewide Evidence Vault Technicians.

Mandat, Linda

  • Lieutenant Colonel Linda Mandat
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel Linda Mandat was appointed as the Division of Forensic Services Assistant Deputy Director in June 2024. She has over 24 years of experience with the Illinois State Police (ISP). Lieutenant Colonel Mandat has served the ISP in many roles, most recently the Division of Patrol as the Major of Strategic Operations Command. Prior to that, Lieutenant Colonel Mandat served as the District Commander of District 2 (Elgin) and District 15 (Downers Grove). Lieutenant Colonel Mandat was an Investigative Commander at the Division of Internal Investigation, and a Docksite Supervisor and Sergeant at Statewide Gaming Command. Lieutenant Colonel Mandat held assignments in the Division of Criminal Investigation where she worked narcotics and general criminal investigations. Lieutenant Colonel Mandat began her career in District 2, where she was assigned to patrol as well as the Special Enforcement Team.

Lieutenant Colonel Mandat completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University Supervision of Police Personnel, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute Police Executive Role in the 21st Century, FBI – LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute, and the University of Florida - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate. Lieutenant Colonel Mandat graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Elmhurst University.