Meet the members of Madison College's Public Safety Services Department:
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 years at the Milwaukee Public Museum. His prior experience also includes 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, Captain McFarlane worked for the Fall River Police Department, where he achieved the rank of sergeant and still serves as the police firearms instructor and Taser 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 of Madison College, earning his associate degree in Police Science and completing the Wisconsin Police Academy. When he is not working at the college, he enjoys riding his motorcycle; watching the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers; playing with his German shepherds, Sophie and JJ; spending time with his wife, Mandy and daughter Holly; fishing; and farming.
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 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2011. He is a Taser instructor and Glock Armorer. 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.
Field Training Patrol Officers
Officer Taylor Weckerly has been with the department since April 2009 and was initially employed as a student officer He earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Weckerly became a full-time Officer with the department in April 2012 and 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 Milwaukee Brewers game.
Officer Luke Adler has been with the department since July 2009 and was initially employed as a student officer. He completed his associate 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 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, on the water and in the gym staying fit.
Officer Tom Ambler has been with the department since 2008. Officer Ambler's past experiences include a brief time working for the University of Wisconsin Parking Department and a 20-year-plus career with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, where he served in several 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 following up on issues. Officer Ambler is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and disc golf.
Officer Nicalus Tatro has been with the department since April 2010. He initially was employed as a student officer, and he earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Tatro became a full-time officer with the department in April 2012. In addition to working at Madison College, he has worked part time as a police officer for the Fall River Police Department. When Officer Tatro is not serving the district, his hobbies include recreational weight lifting, playing golf, cheering on the Brew Crew and snowboarding.
Officer Collin Hoops as been with the department since March 2011. He initially was employed as a student officer and finished his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2012. Officer Hoops became a full-time officer with the department in July 2013. When he is not serving the district, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Officer Amber Gilles was originally hired as a Student Employee in 2012, where she graduated from Madison College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, Officer Gilles took a full-time job with Meriter Hospital Security. Officer Gilles also worked for the Wisconsin State Patrol as a dispatcher for a short period of time. In August of 2016, Officer Gilles returned to our department part-time and then became full-time in 2017. When she is not serving the district, Officer Gilles enjoys taking road trips with friends, hiking, and kayaking.
Officer Alfred Arthurs has been with Madison College since January 2017. Officer Arthurs graduated from the Madison College 114th Law Enforcement Academy in 2010 and served as a Security Officer for Edgewood College from 2009 to 2017. Officer Arthurs received his Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design and Art from Edgewood College in 2008. He enjoys spending his time with his family and friends. Some of his favorite hobbies include whitewater rafting, cycling, kayaking, hiking, video editing, and photography.
Dispatcher Paul Collins has 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 1990s as a Quartermaster. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University for Disaster and Emergency Management in October 2013. When not working, he worked on wildlife advocacy issues and spends time with his two rescue Japanese Chins named Foo and Eggroll. Paul also does volunteer transport of injured and orphaned wildlife to certified wildlife rehabilitators. He plans to acquire a master’s degree in public administration.
Dispatcher David Manthey started with the department in December 2009 as a student employee he left in 2012 to serve 3 years as a Law Enforcement Dispatcher and Communications Training Officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department. He returned to Madison College Public Safety and took a full-time postion in August 2015. David earned his associate degree in criminal justice at Madison College in 2014. When he is not serving the district, he enjoys fishing, Indycar racing, tabletop board games and spending time with his wife and daughter.
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 member responsible for locks and doors. When the Security Department was created, his position moved to this new area of focus. 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 security systems. When Jeff is not working for the college, he enjoys gardening, participating in community events and spending time with his family.