Meet Our Staff
Director Of Public Safety
Director James Bottoni has been with the Public Safety Services department since August of 2007. Upon his arrival, he immediately assessed the current state of the department and began to redefine and develop its mission and role within the District. Prior to joining the College, Director Bottoni served as the Director of Security and Visitor Services for eight (8) years at the Milwaukee Public Museum. His prior experience also included 15 years of services as the Director of Public Safety at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Director Bottoni’s other experiences include six years of service in the United States Army where he was a Military Police Officer and received the Distinguished Graduate Award. He has a Bachelor of Science-Business Administration and Management degree, and is an active member of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police. When Director Bottoni is not serving the District, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and his two horses, Bear and Guardian, with his wife, Faith.
Captain of Operations
Captain Jim McFarlane joined the department in January 2011. Before joining Madison College, Lieutenant McFarlane worked for the Fall River Police Department where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and still serves as the Police Firearms Instructor. Prior to starting his civilian law enforcement career, he served as a Military Police Officer for four years in the United States Marine Corps. Lieutenant McFarlane is a certified Evidence Technician, trained and experienced as a forensic imaging specialist, and is a member of the Wisconsin Identification Association. He is a 1999 graduate earning his associates degree in Police Science and completing the Wisconsin Police Academy, both at Madison College. When he is not working at the College, he enjoys riding his Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle, watching the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers, playing with his German Shepherds Sophie and JJ, spending time with his wife Mandy, fishing, and participating in various firearms shooting sports.
Sergeant Joe Steffen has been with the department since 2006, when he worked as a student officer while completing the Law Enforcement Academy at Madison College. Sergeant Steffen became a permanent, full time officer with the department in August 2010. He received his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Madison College and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. In addition to working at Madison College, he also works part time as a Police Officer for the Fall River Police Department. His past experience includes serving as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician. Sergeant Steffen is an avid sportsman and when he is not working you will likely find him in the woods or field hunting, snowboarding, or enjoying a round of golf. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Megan and their newly acquired black lab, Buddy Lee.
Officer Tom Ambler has been with the department since 2008. Officer Ambler past experiences include a brief time working for the University of Wisconsin Parking Department and a 20+year career with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, where he served in several different capacities over the years. Because of his distinguished career in the Dane County area, Officer Ambler acts as the department’s liaison in contacting other local law enforcement agencies when seeking information or when following up on issues. Officer Ambler is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and most recently has enjoyed participating in disc golf.
Officer Nicalus Tatro has been with the department sinceApril of 2010employed initially as a student Officerhe finished his Associate’s Degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012.OfficerTatro became a full-time officer with the department in April 2012. In addition to working at Madison College, he hasworked part time as a Police Officer for the Fall River Police Department. When OfficerTatro is not serving the district his hobbies include: recreational weight lifting, playing a round of golf, cheering on the Brew Crew and in the colder months snowboarding.
Field Training Patrol Officer
Officer Taylor Weckerly has been with the department since April of 2009 employed initially as a student Officer he finished his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Weckerly became a full-time Officer with the department in April of 2012. He currently also serves the Village of Rio as a part-time Police Officer. When he is not serving the district or working at the Police Department you can find him riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle or tailgating at a Brewer game.
Field Training Patrol Officer
Officer Luke Adler has been with the department since July of 2009 employed initially as a student Officer he finished his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Madison College in 2012 and completed the 520 hour Law Enforcement Academy in 2013. Officer Adler became a full-time Officer with the department in January of 2013. He currently also serves the Village of Rio as a part-time Police Officer. When he is not serving the district or working at the Police Department you can find him in the woods or on the water and in the gym staying fit.
Officer Collin Hoops has been with the department since March of 2011 employed initially as a student Officer he finished his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Hoops became a full-time Officer with the department in July of 2013. When he is not serving the district he enjoys spending time with his family and friends .
Dispatcher Paul Collinshas been with the department since April 2013 following 14 years of service as a Police, Fire, and EMS Dispatcher for the City of Portage Police Department. He also served in the United States Army Reserve through the 1990’s as a Quartermaster. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa University for Disaster and Emergency Management in October of 2013. When not working he spends his time working on wildlife advocacy issues and spending time with his two rescue Japanese Chins, Foo and Eggroll. Paul also does volunteer transport of injured and orphaned wildlife to certified wildlife rehabilitators throughout the year. He is planning to acquire his Master’s Degree in Public Administration over the next couple of years.
Project Leader Security Technician
Jeff Luthanen began his career with Madison College in 1980 when he was hired as a maintenance employee. While working in the Maintenance department, Jeff soon became the primary staff responsible for locks and doors. When the Security department was created, his position moved to the new area. Jeff continues to be responsible for the door access control systems for the District, as well as the security alarm systems, and the closed circuit television (CCTV) security systems. When Jeff is not working for the College, he enjoys gardening, participating in community events, and spending time with his family.
Student Officer and Student Dispatch positions
The Public Safety Services department also hires a number of students to assist the department achieve its goals and serve the District. Students hired to serve as student officers are all enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Madison College, and gain experience in their career choice by assisting full-time officers in incident response.