Dennis Cyphers is the Chief of Government Services for the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (SLRCOG).
As Government Services Chief, Dennis provides direction and oversight in the design and implementation processes for regional and local planning, economic development, community enhancement, and private sector partnering projects across the four counties of the Santee-Lynches region (Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties and municipalities).
Mr. Cyphers has directed the efforts leading to the completion of a wide array of critical projects including: development of a new 5-year Hazard Mitigation Plan, 5-year Home Consortium Plan, Comprehensive Plans, and written ordinances.
Dennis has diverse management and operational experience in both the private and public sectors which includes successfully launching private startups and administering grants in the public safety arena.
Chief Cyphers’ private sector experience includes progressive management positions ranging from Regional Administrator to Owner/Operator. He has developed extensive marketing strategies, and overseen the successful roll-out of point-of-sale platforms and advanced training programs. He has negotiated contracts for numerous corporate and private owned facilities ensuring long-term financial health. Additionally, Mr. Cyphers has completed large scale programs that cross lines of private equity with local, state, and federal government contracts.
His expertise in government involves the technical implementations of E911 systems throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and federal procurement practices. Cyphers was an active participant in one of the first, and largest, Wireless E911 projects in the United States that required him to liaise with elected officials, local administrators, and private vendors.
Dennis is native of Wilmington, NC where he actively volunteered for both the Azalea Festival and River Fest events. He is a graduate of Campbell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science where he focused on municipal administration. He is currently an active member with Optimist International.