City Mayor

Mayor Joe McElveenMeet the Mayor ~ Elected November 2000 - Present


Mayor McElveen, a Sumter, South Carolina native, graduated from the Citadel in 1968. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1971.  Mayor McElveen served in the U.S. Air Force, and was honorably discharged in 1977. He is a past member of the Sumter County Drug Abuse Council. He has served as a member of the City of Sumter Zoning Board of Adjustments, as well as a member of the City/County Planning Commission. He has also served as a member of the Sumter City Council.


He is a past President of the Sumter Jaycees, the Sumter Optimist Club, and the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.


Mayor McElveen served on City Council (1984-1986) and as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives (1986-1996), representing SumterCounty. He served on the Judiciary Committee and the Rules Committee.


Mayor McElveen is married to the former Kathy Watson. They have two children and one grandchild. He and his family attend First Presbyterian Church where he has served as an elder and a deacon.

 Mayor Signing Proclamation

Joseph T. McElveen, Jr.

City of Sumter
P. O. Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151



Occupation: Attorney

Marital Status: Married since 1976 to Kathryn Watson McElveen

Children: Thomas, and wife Bronwyn, and Kate

Grandchildren: Adelaide

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph T. McElveen

Place of Birth: Sumter, South Carolina

Member of: Sumter Optimist Club, South Carolina and American Bar Association

Community Interests: Working to make Sumter the best it can be!

Hobbies: Running, Walking, and Reading