MCLETC is an Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board facility, operated by Richland Community College. We take pride in training professionals through education and practical application. The staff and instructors are some of the finest in this state and nation.
Retired Illinois State Police Colonel Tad. A. Williams serves as the Commander of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired as the Deputy Director of Operations for the Illinois State Police in July 2017 after nearly 29 years of serving the citizens of Illinois. The Division or Operations is the largest of the four divisions, totaling 88% of the agency.
Commander Williams is a graduate of Illinois State University and received his initial police officer academy training at the Illinois State Police Academy in Recruit Class 400-26. A few years later, Commander Williams joined the Illinois State Police and once again attended the Illinois State Police Academy in Cadet Class 93.
Retired Sheriff Thomas Schneider serves as the Deputy Commander for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired in September 2017 after approximately 29 years of serving the citizens of Macon County.
Deputy Commander Schneider is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and received his correctional officer training in 1988 at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. Two years later, he was selected to attend Lincoln Land College Police Academy and began working as a Deputy Sheriff for Macon County. Deputy Commander Schneider served as Sheriff of the Macon County from 2008 to 2017.
Director of Training
Retired Decatur Park District Chief of Police Ed Culp serves as the Director of Training for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired in September 2018 from the Decatur Park District Police Department. Retired Chief Culp had previously retired from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy in 2010.
Retired Chief Culp is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served eight years in the United States Marine Corps before beginning his career at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). After retiring the fall of 2018, Retired Chief Culp joined the MCLETC.
Coordinator of Operations and Fiscal Officer
Teri serves as the Coordinator of Operations and Fiscal Officer for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
Prior to serving with Richland Community College, she worked in the Engineering Department at Cingular Wireless as the Manager of Network Support. She began her career with Richland Community College 14 years ago as Executive Assistant to the President. Three years later she transitioned into a new position as Operations Support Specialist at the main campus before joining the MCLETC in March 2018.
Retired Springfield Police Department Deputy Chief Arnold serves as the Class Coordinator for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
He retired from the Springfield Police Department in 2017 after 25 years of service. During his time with SPD, he served 15 years on the Emergency Response Team and was Commander of the ILEAS Region 6 WMD Special Response Team. Prior to joining the SPD, he served two years with the Mason City Police Department.
Retired Deputy Chief Arnold is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
From the left:
Staunton Police Officer Kent Kramer, Retired Illinois State Police Master Sergeant David Carter (Team Leader), Decatur Police Officer Scott Gilman, Retired Springfield Police Deputy Chief Dennis Arnold, Macon County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant and Emergency Manager Jim Root, Retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Senior Special Agent Kevin Rollins, and Retired Caterpillar Senior Industry Professional and former Decatur Police and Macon County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Officer Jim Humphrey.
Physical Fitness Team
From the left:
Decatur Police Officer Hannah Millington, Decatur Police Lieutenant Shannon Gutierrez-Seal (Team Leader) and Decatur Police Detective Trevor Stalets.
Retired Dewitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner serves as a part-time instructor and Assistant Class Coordinator at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. After serving two terms as Sheriff, he retired November 2018 and brings 31 years of experience with him. Retired Sheriff Shofner is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, The National Sheriff’s Institute, Eastern Illinois University, and Lincoln Land College Police Academy. A near-death experience created a passion in him that he now uses to prepare the next generation of peace warriors at the MCLETC.
MCLETC INTEGRATED FORCE OPTIONS TEAM
Retired Charleston Police Lieutenant John Bennett serves as the Lead Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) for Basic Law Enforcement Recruits at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. John retired from the Charleston Police Department after 28 years of service. He is currently a field assistant with the Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Training Program (MTU 15) and a nationally recognized instructor for the Below 100 officer-safety initiative.
Retired Staff Development Specialist (SDS) of the State of Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Chuck Cadell serves as the Lead Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) for Basic Corrections Cadets for the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. Chuck served over 20 years in the IDOC before retiring in 2015. He is currently a Master Instructor of Personal Defense Solutions and the Filipino Martial Art, Tanikala de Serrada Eskrima.
David Dunning serves as an Assistant Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. David has been a Police Officer for 14 years and is currently assigned as a Patrol Sergeant at the Charleston Police Department. Sergeant Dunning is a member of his agency’s multi-jurisdictional S.W.A.T unit and a former United States Marine.
Retired Illinois State Police Lieutenant Chad Smith serves as an Assistant Instructor for Integrated Force Options (control and arrest tactics) at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.
Additional bio and photo forthcoming.
MCLETC LAW TEAM
Tammara R. Wagoner is a former Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney, focusing on drug-related, weapons, and homicide offenses. While at Macon County, Tammy was the chief prosecutor for the drug unit. She currently serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Piatt County, as well as the lead attorney for the MCLETC. Tammy received her Juris Doctorate from Depaul Univeristy College of Law in Chicago.
Tracy Weaver is a former Coles County and Moultrie County Assistant State’s Attorney. While at Coles County, she specialized in traffic, DUI, and served as the felony drug prosecutor for the Illinois State Police East Central Illinois Task Force. Tracy has also provided years of legal support and training to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers. She currently serves as the State’s Attorney in Moultrie County.
Jonathan P. Erickson is a former Auxiliary Police Officer, Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney and partner of the law firm of Erickson, Davis, Murphy, Johnson, Griffith& Walsh, LTD. He currently serves as a sole practitioner under the name Jon P. Erickson Law Office in Decatur, Illinois. Jon received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University in 1999.
Mary Koll is a former Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney where she served as the supervising attorney of the Domestic Violence Unit and Elderly Victim Crime Unit. Currently, she serves as a McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney overseeing Domestic Violence prosecutions. Mary is the founder and coordinator of the McLean County Coordinated Community Response Team and co-chair of the East Central Illinois Regional Fatality Review Team. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010.