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.

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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, city website and the city's employee portal.

For media requests, please call (803) 774-1661 (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM). If you are inquiring after hours, please send an email directly to

News & Media


Sept. 5, 2019 Sumter, S.C. Hurricane Dorian Update #4

Sumter County’s Emergency Operations Center shut down today at 6 p.m., just as the shelter at Mayewood Middle School also closed as Hurricane Dorian moves up the coast of South Carolina.

The offices of the City of Sumter and...Read more


SUMTER, SC (August 12, 2019) - Come join us Wednesday morning on the front lawn of the Sumter County Courthouse, 141 North Main Street, as we celebrate the 285 th birthday of General Thomas Sumter.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., where City of Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen and Sumter County...Read more


Temporary road closures are coming to North Main Street just before the U.S. 378 bypass bridge during weekend road construction.

Road closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, and last until to 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. Closures will resume the following weekend from 7 p.m. on...Read more


SUMTER, SC (August 8, 2019) – The Sumter City – County Planning Commission has released a full draft of the Sumter 2040 Comprehensive Plan for public review and comment.

The purpose of the 2040 Plan, mandated under South Carolina State Law, is to guide growth and development in the...Read more


We are excited to announce that Swan Lake Iris Gardens is getting a grand new entrance! With that, starting Monday, July 29, our main entrance will be closed for the duration of construction. This closure affects the main parking lot, including areas near the Main Gate, Visitors Center, Iris...Read more

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