Our History

Jim Darby

courthouse

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.

 

building1972

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

Bill Millet

 

1973

Bill Millet replaced Jim Darby as Executive Director. 

 

building 1979

Ben Griffith replaced Bill Millet as Executive Director. - All operations relocated to North Harvin St in 

Ben Griffith

Sumter.

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.

buildingbuilding1994

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.

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.

Dr. Michael Mikota2013

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COG experienced a fire and lots of data and historical documents were lost.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

 

buildingbuilding 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.

 

 

building

Chris McKinney2017

Christopher McKinney replaced Dr. Michael Mikota as Executive Director.