The City of Sumter works to ensure residents receive as much information as possible about all things relating to the City in a timely manner. In the News Room, you will find official press releases from the City, awards to the City, important services and project information from the Mayor, public service announcements, official city photos, links to social media accounts and more.

Contact Info:

Shelley Kile
Communications Director
(803) 774-1661

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The Communications Department at the City of Sumter is charged with providing news and information to council, administration, departments, dignitaries and elected officials, community and local, regional and national media outlets. The Communications Department fields all questions from the media and provides opportunities for interviews with leadership and experts on specific topics, as well as provides media support for many events, activities, and services throughout the community.

Additionally, the communications department tells the story of the City of Sumter through written stories, photos and videos on the more than 30 departments across the city, provides support to Team Sumter and oversees the City of Sumter's social media pages, the city website and the city's employee portal.

Use of any City of Sumter logos or seal is reserved for official City of Sumter business only. 

For media requests, please call (803) 774-1661 (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) or email

News & Media


The City of Sumter is celebrating Arbor Day on December 3, 2021 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens at 11am. In honor of the 2021 Arbor Day we will be planting a Dogwood Tree at Swan Lake Iris Gardens.

Part of this event will be recognizing the 2021 TreesSC Heritage Tree and Golden Acorn Award....Read more

Holiday cheer arrives in Sumter, Wednesday, December 1, with the opening of the annual Swan Lake Iris Gardens Fantasy of Lights. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 6 PM beside the Visitors Center and will feature Lakewood High School AFROTC, Kingsbury Elementary Chorus, Dreamworks Dance Academy...Read more
Mayor Merchant wants to recognize residents in the City of Sumter who bring a little extra cheer to the community this year! Residents living in the city limits who have decorated their homes this Christmas season will be admitted into a Christmas Cheer Challenge. While the Mayor's committee will...Read more

The City of Sumter Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. Garbage, yard debris, recycling collection services and public safety will run on regular schedules. Thank you.

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Following an influx of mobile homes in need of roofing repairs, council unanimously approved a resolution to establish a pilot grant program for certain repairs of eligible owner-occupied mobile homes. The program will use funds from the city's allocation under the American Rescue Plan. When...Read more