Meet Public Safety

Public Safety Team

Director

Director John Flannery joined the Public Safety Department in January 2019, having recently served in the role of Associate Dean of Public Safety for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. While there, Director Flannery managed the law enforcement, fire, and EMS programs, in addition to overseeing the regional police academy. Director Flannery spent 20+ years in law enforcement, first with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and then at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where he also performed emergency management duties for the campus community. In 2001, Director Flannery was chosen by then WI Attorney General Thomas Doyle to be the “Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for actions taken out in the field. When he is not serving the district, Director Flannery enjoys spending time with his family and friends, having been blessed with his first grandchild born in 2018. He also enjoys cooking and traveling, and has been known to serve a mean chicken parmesan. Director Flannery believes in open communication, transparency, and building positive relationships throughout the community.

Deputy Director

Deputy Director Joe Steffen has been with the department since 2006 when he worked as a student officer while completing the 105th Law Enforcement Academy at Madison College. Deputy Director Steffen became a permanent full-time Officer with the department in August 2010 then was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and promoted to Deputy Director in 2018. He also serves as a department Taser instructor. 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 two local Police Departments. His past experience includes serving as a certified emergency medical technician. Deputy Director Steffen is an avid outdoorsman, and when he is not working, you will likely find him in the woods or field hunting, on the water casting a line, enjoying a round of golf or snowboarding. He also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Megan, and their black lab, Buddy Lee.

Field Training Patrol Officers

Sgt. 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. Officer Weckerly previously also served as a police Officer for Brodhead police Department.  When he is not serving the district or working at the Police Department, you can find him training in the art brazilian jiu jitsu or trying to keep up with Joe and Nic on the golf course.

Sgt. 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  also served the Village of Rio as a part-time police officer for several years. 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.

Sgt. 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.

Patrol Officers

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 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 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 has 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 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.

Officer Scott Maier has been with the Department since 2012, where he started working as a Student Officer while he was enrolled in the Criminal Justice program here at Madison College. In 2014 he left the college and graduated from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Academy and went on to work for Mendota Mental Health.  Scott eventually returned to Madison College and worked for the Public Safety Department as a Part-Time Officer until 2018 when he was hired as a full-time officer. Scott also has a background as a firefighter and worked for the Deforest Fire Department from 2009 until 2014 when he decided to focus solely on his criminal justice career. Outside of working at the college Scott is also the owner and operator of his own Security and Investigations Company. But when the work is done you can find him on Xbox live or hanging out with his German shepherd, Lieutenant.    

Officer Andrew Ly works as a permanent part-time Public Safety Officer for the Public Safety Department. He received his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Madison College in May of 2018 and was hired at Madison College in June of 2018. He also works part-time at a bakery here in Madison. He always tries to plan a Friday night sibling dinner with his two younger sisters who are studying at the University of Wisconsin here in Madison. Andrew loves to go home back to Sheboygan to visit his parents whenever he can find the time.

Officer Jorge Gomez has been with the department since October of 2019. He received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Madison College in June of 2018. Officer Gomez previously worked as a Security Officer for UW-Madison Police Department from 2018 to 2020. When Officer Gomez is not serving the district, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys hiking, traveling to new places, and trying new foods.

Dispatch

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 works 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 also has interests in aviation and is huge fan of heavy metal music.

Dispatcher Sabra Ablakovic has been with the department since July 2019. She began her dispatching career 2 years ago at Outagamie County as an Emergency 911 Telecommunicator and has experience with dispatching police, fire, and medical services. She is a Madison College alumni and is currently continuing her education and focusing on getting her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on law enforcement. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, swimming, and going to the gym. She is also a proud mom of a 10-year-old daughter and is an active volunteer in her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

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.