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


SUMTER, S.C. (Oct. 30, 2020) – Mayor Joe McElveen has declared Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, as “Extra Mile Day” in the City of Sumter to recognize organizations that are making significant contributions to the community.

The contributions of Pilgrim’s Pride, Sumter School District and Prisma...Read more


The new Veterans Park is a space for Sumter to honor and remember all branches of the U.S. Military and to highlight Sumter’s motto “Uncommon Patriotism” as we showcase Sumter as a military-friendly community.

The design allows for a mix of gathering space and areas for quiet reflection...Read more


SUMTER, S.C. (Oct. 6, 2020) – Sumter City/County offices housed at the Liberty Center, located at 12 W. Liberty St., are temporarily relocating due to interior renovations.

The following City/County departments will temporarily relocate to Magnolia Place, located at 20 N. Magnolia St.,...Read more

SUMTER, S.C. (Sept. 14, 2020) – The City of Sumter is organizing a litter pick up day for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. until noon on Wall Street in Sumter. The event will include support from Palmetto Pride and the local Boy Scouts of America chapter. “I really want residents as well as...Read more

SUMTER, S.C. (Aug. 21, 2020) – Sumter was named a top 20 city in the nation for the second consecutive year in the 2020 All-America City Award (AAC).

In recognition for its civic engagement practices that are inspirational, inclusive and promising, Sumter was named as one of eight...Read more