CSX Transportation has notified the City that they will have a surfacing team starting in Sumter starting January 29, 2024 for a minimum of two weeks. This will require a total closure of the railroad crossings. A total closure meaning no traffic will be allowed across the track until the work is...Read more
For the week of January 22-26, 2024, the City of Sumter will be hosting a free, one-time residential Curbside Junk Removal service. City residential roll cart customers are allowed to place large, unwanted items at their curb for collection. All items must be sorted into specific piles by Sunday,...Read more
Every December City Council recognizes our employees and their service contribution to our organization and community. This year we recognized 54 staff members with more than 10 years of service, 24 of those recognized have more than 20 years. Combined those employees represent more than 950 years...Read more
We currently have open meetings for residents to attend the annual budget planning for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) . The purpose of the funds is to improve city neighborhoods and make life more livable for residents; especially those whose income falls within the HUD Income Limits...Read more
At the end of August, the City was finally able to host a Swearing In Ceremony for our three Council members who were elected in November 2022. Congratulations to Councilman Anthony Gibson of Ward 1, Councilman Calvin Hastie of Ward 3, and Councilman Colin Davis of Ward 5. Due to a challenge of the...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