Mayor's Minute

A community investment information series from the City of Sumter, SC Mayor's Office.

The City of Sumter is committed to government accountability and transparency. Council notes are not official minutes of City Council, rather a summary of what's happening in and around the City. The public is invited to all City Council Meetings and encouraged to voice their concerns or issues. Additionally, we also have an online Customer Service Form where you may ask a question or report an issue.


Sumter, SC (April 1, 2020) – Today was National Census Day, I want to encourage you to respond to the 2020 Census and help us shape the future. The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of our community. The census results have an impact on planning...Read more


The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many changes to daily life, and just as many questions about what’s happening, why, and what will happen in the future. In the face of uncertainty, it’s easy to get the wrong information. Sumter Mayor Joseph T. McElveen addresses some of the most frequently...Read more


As I write, Sumter now has 10 confirmed cases and one death related to the virus. My prayers and those of the Sumter community go out to those who are fighting to recover, and especially to the family of our neighbor who succumbed. Do not think that we “only” have 10; that’s just how many have...Read more


I want to thank the citizens of Sumter who are taking the COVID-19 threat seriously. My heart and prayers go out to all who have contracted this virus and especially to those who have lost loved ones. People and pastors all over Sumter are vigorously praying for guidance, protection, and...Read more



Council approved the transfer of property to the Sumter School District along Missouri Street and Boulevard Road. This property allowed Lemira Elementary to expand their park area and provide a safer buffer from surrounding properties and the school. City...Read more