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
[email protected]

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SUMTER, S.C. (May 22, 2023) – The annual Sumter Iris Festival starts this Thursday with the announcement of its 81 st annual King and Queen at the Taste at the Gardens event, starting at 6 PM.

The Iris Festival is one of South Carolina...Read more


Sumter is developing a new long-range plan that will guide future transportation-related improvements in the community. The finished Plan, which has a horizon year of 2050, will guide improvements to streets, roads, transit, freight, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the Sumter Metro Area...Read more


Sumter was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Sumter achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance,...Read more


The City of Sumter’s Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina is hosting their 15th annual USTA Women’s Pro Circuit Event. The City of Sumter is proud to announce that the Palmetto Pro Open will become, one of nine, $60K events in the US! Women ages 14-28 from...Read more


We are hiring High School Youth age 16 and above for our Youth Co-op Program!

Students will work for local businesses.

Program begins June 12, 2023 Program ends July 28, 2023

The program also offers training alongside the employment piece that focuses on the 17 principles of...Read more

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 [email protected].