Midwest Tactical Officer Association | Representing interested Law Enforcement Professionals through the Midwest

Board Members

The Midwest Tactical Officers Association Board of the directors is made up of Officers from throughout the state of Wisconsin elected by members. The board is members represent geographic regions of the state, with the addition of a TEMS and Corrections representative.

Gerard T. Ritter II - President

Gerard is a Patrol Captain with the Vilas County Sheriff's Office. He previously served ten years on the Vilas County SWAT team. His roles as a SWAT operator included breaching, entry and serving as the Assistant Team Leader. He continues to work with the SWAT Team and currently serves as SWAT Command. He has been on the MTOA Board since 2014.

Home office: Vilas County Sheriff's Office


Brian Puent - Vice President

Brian has over 30 years experience in law enforcement including over 25 years in training and Special Weapons & Tactics. Brian served in various roles with the several Emergency Response Teams including entry team, chemical munitions, team leader, sniper and eventually team commander. Brian retired from the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office, where he held the position of Chief Deputy, November of 2015, but has remained as a part-time officer and trainer with Trempealeau Police, Galesville Police and his former agency, Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office. Brian is also a firearms, tactical response and fitness instructor with Western Technical College in Sparta, WI.

Home office: Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office


Jeff Stefonek
Jeff Stefonek - Treasurer

Jeff is a Captain with the Marathon County Sheriff's Office and has been a law enforcement officer since 2005. He is proud to serve on the Marathon County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team since 2008--a 28-man multi-jurisdictional team. He currently serves as Assistant Team Commander and formerly operated as a sniper and entry team member.

Home office: Marathon County Sheriff’s Department


Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin - Secretary

Correctional Officer Instructor, CERT Comander, Breacher for Dodge County Joint SWAT Team. Chemical Munitions Instructor, Pepper Ball Instructor, POSC Instructor Part time Village of Reeseville Police Officer.

Home office: Dodge County Sheriff's Office


Dennis Nelson
Dennis Nelson - Area 1

Home office:Sawyer County Sheriff's Office


J.T. James Wohling
"J.T." James Wohling - Area 2

J. T. is the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Hayward Police Department. Before becoming the Assistant Chief of Police, J.T. spent almost four years as a detective for the City of Hayward. Along with being Hayward’s representative for the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, he is also an Assistant Team Leader for the Sawyer County Tactical Response Team. J.T. has served on the MTOA board since 2014 and is a part-time patrol deputy for the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department.

Home office: City of Hayward Police Department


Will Krueger
Will Krueger - Area 3

In 2008, Will began his law enforcement career in Southern Wisconsin. Will fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to the Northwoods with his family, and was hired by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office. Will quickly began serving on the Vilas County SWAT Team, and currently serves as an Operator on the entry team. He has a diverse list of specialty work experience, from several different law enforcement agencies. Will has been a Wisconsin DOJ Certified Law Enforcement Instructor of Firearms(Handgun and Rifle) and PCS since 2013. Will enjoys the TEAM aspect of SWAT operation and Law Enforcement. He utilizes this knowledge and experience to volunteer in his community by coaching Youth Football, encouraging each player to be accountable and uphold their responsibility to support their TEAM. He is honored to be working with the Midwest Tactical Officer’s Association as a Regional Board Member representing Area 3

Home office:Vilas County Sheriff's Office


- Area 4

We will be looking to fill the AREA 4 board member position at the 2024 conference. Area 4 covers the following counties: Marathon, Wood, Portage, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquett, Monroe, La crosse, Trempealeau, Jackson, Clark, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, Pepin, Buffalo, Pierce and St. Croix

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Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert

Matt Gilbert is a Patrol Sergeant for Baraboo Police Department, in law enforcement since 1999. He is a DAAT instructor, FitForce Instructor, and Operator for the Sauk County Multi-Jurisdictional Emergency Response Team.

Home office: Baraboo Police Department


Charles Borchardt
Charles Borchardt - Area 6

Patrol Officer and ERT Team Leader

Home office:Beaver Dam Police Department


Dana Stoner
Dana Stoner - Area 7

Patrol Sergeant

Home office:Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office


Charle Logan
Charle Logan - Area 8

Home office:Sawyer County Sheriff's Office


Open - Area 9 Corrections

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Matt Savage
Matt Savage - Area 10 Medical

Matt Savage is the TEMS representative for MTOA. Matt started in the Fire Service in 1996, advancing through ranks to become the current Fire Chief at South Area Fire District (near Wausau). He is also a Critical Care Paramedic and FP-C at Aspirus MedEvac. He is currently the assistant team leader for the TEMS program and Tactical medic with Marathon County Sherriff's Office. A TEMS instructor with an interest in outdoor medicine and firearms. He has a wonderful supportive wife and three beautiful daughters along with a very spoiled puppy.

Home office: SAFER South Area Fire & EMS Response District


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Jammie Wepking - Immediate Past President

Jamie "Weppy" Wepking served as training sergeant for the Sauk Prairie Police Department and Team Leader on the Sauk County Sheriff's Department Emergency Response Team. He is an instructor in DAAT, Taser, Vehicle Contacts, Chemical and impact munitions, and handgun.

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