Congratulations to our top three winners of the 2023 Love Where You Live Litter Poster contest. This is the first litter art poster we have hosted, with our partners, Palmetto Pride and the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce. Those winners are: Mason Miller, 2 nd Grade, Liberty STEAM Charter School...Read more
Congratulations to the 2022 Mayor’s Christmas Card Contest Winners, Miss Olivia Smith, an 8 th -grader at Hillcrest Middle School and Miss Jalena Tillman, a 4 th -grader at Manchester Elementary School. These top two winners have their artwork featured on the 2022 City of Sumter Christmas Card,...Read more
Our SUATS MPO is hosting a public Open House on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 PM at the CCTC Health Sciences Center located at 133 S. Main Street. This is the first of its kind study for Sumter that will create a guide for expanding the bicycle and pedestrian network in the Sumter area and we want...Read more

Thank you to everyone in Sumter County who took the time to vote in the 2022 election. We would like to thank our community, who put in countless hours over the past year to submit project ideas, and those who worked on the proposed projects to bring them to the...Read more

Thank you to our litter clean-up volunteers for coming out this past weekend for our Community Clean-up Day . We had over 200 volunteers that picked up almost 7,000 pounds of trash from our roads. We would like to plead to our community about the importance of clean streets. Litter blocks our...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