Shakopee Public Utilities is an independent entity governed by a separate board of five commissioners. These commissioners are appointed by Shakopee’s City Council. The commission was established by city council on December 12, 1950 and took over the responsibility of the utilities April 1, 1951. The following core operating principles are taken from the SPUC April 1, 1951 – March 31, 1952 First Annual Report.
- To remove the operation of these departments, as far as practical, from political influence – thus increasing efficiency.
- To operate these departments on a strictly business basis by appointing qualified supervisory employees and holding them strictly accountable for proper and efficient operation.
- To furnish the best service with the lowest rates consistent with such service. In line with the aim to operate on a strictly business basis, the commission believes that the utilities should, in lieu of taxes, make a contribution to the operation of the city government.”
For nearly 70 years, SPU and the City of Shakopee have partnered to provide this community with reliable and quality service, competitive rates and the fair and equitable treatment of all customers.
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RP3 – Diamond Designation
SPU is in elite company with a diamond-level designation from the American Public Power Association’s RP3 program. Only 121 of the more than 2,000 public utilities in America hold the Diamond designation.
What is RP3?
RP3 is a designation awarded to public utilities for exceptional performance in key areas of their operations. As a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3), SPU has demonstrated best practices in four critical categories:
- Workforce Development
- System Improvement
To earn a Diamond designation a utility must score between 98%-100% in these areas.
With this designation, SPU receives national and local recognition, and improved teamwork as employees fully understand their role in supporting our utility’s mission. Financial benefits include improved bond ratings, savings on workers compensation and insurance, and increased economic development opportunities as commercial and industrial prospects learn about SPU’s success.
Currently Vacant — Utilities Manager
Joseph Adams—Planning and Engineering Director and Interim Utilities Manager
Joseph Adams has served the Commission since 1992. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1983 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and received his Professional License in 1991. After graduating from college, Mr. Adams worked for the U.S. Navy’s Facilities Engineering Command in the mobile utility facilities generation and distribution program for nine years.
Sharon Walsh—Marketing / Customer Relations Director
Sharon Walsh a long-time Shakopee resident, joined SPU in April 2015 coming from CBRE where she was the Sr. Office Operations Manager for the Minneapolis market. Her career includes prior senior management and marketing director positions in service industries, including YA Corporation and BI Worldwide. She has extensive strategic account management and customer relations experience. Sharon obtained her B.S. Business Administration degree in 1985 from MN State University, Mankato, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Design.
Currently Vacant —Finance / Administrative Director
Greg Drent—Electric Superintendent
Greg Drent joined Shakopee Public Utilities as Electric Superintendent on July 1st 2016. Greg was previously employed with City of LeSueur for twenty years. He started as an apprentice lineman then moved to line foreman before becoming the Electric Director for seven-plus years. In 2015 LeSueur restructured the organization and he was promoted to Public Services Director where he was in charge of the Electric, Water, Wastewater and Street department. Greg also was on the board of directors for MMPA (Minnesota Municipal Power Agency) for the last nine years. Greg currently lives in LeSueur and has three children Lincoln, Dominic and Alivia.
Lon R. Schemel—Water Superintendent
Lon R. Schemel joined Shakopee Public Utilities as Water Superintendent on November 1st, 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Schemel worked for the City of Rockford, Illinois as a Water and SCADA System Supervisor for the City of Rockford, Illinois Water Department since 1986 and began his 40+ years in drinking water treatment in 1979. He is currently a member if two groundwater groups, the Southwest Metro Groundwater Work Group and the West Metro Groundwater Work Group. Mr. Schemel holds a Class A Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Health for water operations.
Shakopee Public Utilities is a local employer focused on providing quality electric and water services to our community. We provide these utility services to residential and commercial/industrial customers, and we know the importance of being such a critical and essential part of everyday living. If you want to be a member of a committed, hardworking team that is proud to serve Shakopee and the surrounding areas, you’ve come to the right place.
We hire talent for a wide range of opportunities in our electric, water, engineering and office departments.
Current Job Openings:
There are no openings at this time