Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm Phone: 952-445-1988 FAX: 952-445-7767
John R. Crooks was named as Utilities Manager by the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission effective April 6th, 2010 at its regular meeting on Monday, April 5th, 2010. Since 2001, Mr. Crooks has served as the Water Superintendent for Shakopee Public Utilities. During this time, Shakopee was one of the fastest growing communities in the metro area. Under the direction of Mr. Crooks, the water system serving Shakopee has increased in size from 8 to 18 production wells to meet the growing demands of our customer base which increased from 6,000 accounts to 10,500 accounts. Mr. Crooks has extensive experience in water supply management, long-term planning for utilities, utility rate development, and project management. In addition, Mr. Crooks presently serves as the Safety Director and Commission Secretary for Shakopee Public Utilities. Mr. Crooks lives in Prior Lake in an area served by Shakopee Public Utilities and has 3 children.
Planning and Engineering Director
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.
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.
Finance / Administrative Director
Renee Schmid is the Director of Finance and Administration. Renee joined the Utility on November 1 st , 2007. She graduated from the University of Minnesota , Duluth in 1983 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree majoring in Finance with minors in Accounting and Economics. After graduating from college, Ms. Schmid joined US Bank and spent eighteen years in various positions in finance and operations. Prior to coming to Shakopee Public Utilities she was the Manager of Finance & Administration for Institutional Financial Services at US Bank and served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Institutional Trust, Asset Management, and Mutual Fund Divisions.
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 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.