May 2024 Council Highlights

The annual Sumter Iris Festival is coming up this weekend and we are asking the City to turn itself purple yet again! Show your purple in honor of our 82 nd annual event. This year’s festival kicks off with a Hawaiian Luau at The Taste at the Gardens on Thursday...Read more
If you noticed some larger trailers taking up parking at the Sumter Opera House this week, that is the cast and film crew from the Faith-based drama movie ‘Gods Not Dead’ working on their next film. We look forward to seeing Sumter on the big screen again soon! This is not the first time Sumter has...Read more
Thanks to assistance from the Sumter Legislative Delegation and their unwavering support at the statehouse and the Sumter community, the City broke ground Friday on a much-anticipated project at South Sumter Park . This project includes an upgraded spray park, baseball field, basketball courts, and...Read more
The Mayor and City Council are excited to share news about our January 2024 city-wide junk removal initiative . We removed an impressive 1.2 million pounds of debris from our city streets! We've made strides in clearing eyesores and providing our residents with opportunities to dispose of items...Read more
We are less than a week away from our first-ever free residential Curbside Junk Removal service . From January 22 nd through the 26 th we’ve contracted with a vendor to pick up large, unwanted items. All city residential roll-cart customers may participate. All you need to do is place items that...Read more

Mayor's Minute

David P. Merchant, Mayor of Sumter, South Carolina
A community investment information series from the City of Sumter, SC Mayor's Office.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Mayor’s Minute, a community investment information series from the City of Sumter. The City of Sumter is committed to accountability and transparency, and it is my hope that this series extends this commitment to our residents and visitors.

In Sumter, we are blessed with a diverse community from all different backgrounds. Whether you are a military friend or a lifelong resident, we all call Sumter home and we want it to be the best home it can be. Sumter is home to multiple institutions of higher education, premier tourism destinations like Swan Lake Iris Gardens and a military friendly community in partnership with Shaw Air Force Base.

Ours is a city of uncommon patriotism and progressive spirit. Every day, I get to meet and talk with residents and community builders who are working to improve Sumter in their own way. This service shows that our people care about our city and community, and I hope the information on this webpage is helpful to you as you carry on in your tireless efforts.

As mayor, I am excited to welcome you to the City of Sumter and hope you will join me in exploring the educational, entrepreneurial and civic opportunities this community offers.

--Mayor David Merchant