OUR HISTORY

 
Jim Darby.png

1971

- Governor West signed an agreement establishing the Santee-Wateree
Regional Planning Commission.
- Jim Darby hired as the first agency Executive Director.

1971

- The second floor of the Sumter County Courthouse selected for
the first office.
- COG occupied one room with two desks and one phone.

Courthouse.JPG
CP&L.JPG

1972

- COG moved to the CP&L building on Calhoun St in Sumter,
SC.

1973

- Bill Millet replaced Jim Darby as Executive Director. 

 

115 N. Harvin Street.JPG

1974

- Ben Griffith is hired as Executive Director. - All operations relocated to North Harvin St in
Sumter.

Ben.png

1982

- Randy Adams replaced Ben Griffith as Executive Director.

1986

- Bob Strother selected as the Interim Executive Director.

1987

- Jim Darby returned as Executive Director.

1988

- Santee-Wateree Regional Planning Commission obtained Certification of Incorporation to become
Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments.

East Liberty Street.JPG

1994

- COG staff grew and leadership decided to
split staff between two offices located on
North Harvin Street and the corner of South
Harvin St and Liberty St in Sumter, SC.

Liberty Street COG.jpg

1999

- COG purchased, renovated, and relocated all
operations to the Osteen Davis Building on
the corner of Liberty St and Sumter St in
Sumter, SC. 

_MG_0037.JPG

2013

- Dr. Michael Mikota replaced Jim Darby as Executive Director.

2014

- COG experienced a fire and lots of data and historical documents were lost.

- Due to the fire, staff temporarily split between the Comprehensive SC Works Building on Calhoun
Street and the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority on Harvin Street.

RTA.JPG
SC Works.JPG

2015

- COG headquarters relocated to the Live Oak Industrial Park in Sumter.
- Half of staff moved to this location. 
- The remaining staff continued operations at the Comprehensive SC Works Building.

2016

- City of Sumter purchased .61 acre parcel at corner of E. Bartlette St and S. Main St for site of new
COG HQ building.
- The Board of Directors approved the construction of a new facility at corner of E. Bartlette St. and
S. Main St.

_MG_0583.JPG

2017

- Christopher McKinney replaced Dr. Michael Mikota as
Executive Director.

Chris McKinney pro photo.jpg