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 has been recognized Among Best in the United States Based on Outstanding Traveler Reviews

SUMTER, S.C. (January 11, 2020) – The City of Sumter's Swan Lake Iris Gardens has been recognized as a Travelers’ Choice award-winner for 2020. Based on a full year...Read more

The City of Sumter invites the public to offer input in preparation for the annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant Budget. Community Meeting - North HOPE Center at 904 N. Main Street Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6pm Community Meeting - Birnie HOPE Center at 210 S. Purdy Street...Read more

SUMTER, S.C. (Dec. 14, 2020) – Mayor David Merchant wants to recognize residents in the City of Sumter who bring a little extra Christmas cheer to the community.

Residents living in the city limits who have decorated their homes this Christmas season will be admitted into a Christmas...Read more


SUMTER, S.C. (December 1, 2020) – City of Sumter’s world-famous Swan Lake Iris Gardens is hosting the annual Fantasy of Lights event from Dec. 1 – 31, 2020, located at 822 W. Liberty St. in Sumter, to celebrate the holiday season.

The lights will be along the main parking lot area of...Read more


SUMTER, S.C. (Nov. 3, 2020) – Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to City of Sumter for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30...Read more