Administration

Welcome to Lake City, South Carolina, one of SC's oldest agricultural communities.

First elected in 2006, Lovith Anderson, Mayor of Lake City, has served two terms of dedicated service to Lake City and its citizens. Whether it's delivering the welcoming address at ArtFields or cutting the ribbon at new businesses and service facilities, Mayor Anderson is always a friendly and accommodating presence in Lake City.

To contact the Mayor's office, please call (843)-374-5421.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to request information about your local government. Please download the request form by clicking this link, then sign and submit it in person at the Lake City Administration Building, 202 Kelley Street, Lake City, SC 29560; by mail to City of Lake City, Attn: City Administrator, P.O. Box 1329, Lake City, SC 29560; or by email to [email protected]

Mayor Anderson

Greetings from the Mayor

Mayor Lovith Anderson, Jr.:

“I welcome you to our city, where we are committed to both the future, through promoting our city, and to our past, by preserving our character.

Our area covers about four square miles and approximately 6,500-7,500 people call it home.

Many exciting projects are in development through a collaboration of private and government sources. We are past our planning stage and work has begun on our long-awaited lake project. The Lake City community is delighted with the addition of our new Boys and Girls Club, which will serve as a beacon of hope to encourage and motivate our youth through character development, afterschool study programs, and technology. Downtown improvements continue with our façade renovations, construction of the Inn at the Crossroads, a fifty-seven room boutique hotel, and numerous additional projects. Also, the following organizations promise growth and social infrastructure development: Young Professionals’ Association, Greater Lake City Artists’ Guild, Ministerial Alliance, Lynches Lake Historical Society, Lake City Junior Women’s Club, Lake City Junior Sorosis Club, Lake City Partnership Council, Lake City Community Foundation, and the Community Museum Society.

Please come spend time with us and get to know our people. We are constantly striving to improve City services and recruit businesses, as well as restore our downtown. We welcome new ideas, businesses, and families to share in the exciting things that are available in our City. We want you to feel welcome the minute you come to our community. Our City provides you with a community spirit and safe neighborhoods. All that we have done and all that we are working towards will make Lake City an exciting place for you to visit and live.”

 


 

Shawn Bell

City Administrator Shawn Bell

City Administrator Shawn Bell has worked with the City of Lake City since November of 2014. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Shawn has worked with the city of Abbeville as assistant city manager, and has enjoyed great acclaim in his burgeoning career. As the City Administrator, he manages City projects, ensures the safety of the community, and oversees daily operations of the City employees, organizations, and boards.

To contact Shawn Bell, please email [email protected] or call 843-374-5421. You can also attend City Council meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Lake City Courthouse (202 Kelley Street) to learn more about the operations of the City of Lake City, present your concerns and accolades, and speak directly to your city representatives.

 

History of the Office of the Mayor: 

First settled in 1734, Lake City has grown under the guidance of its government. Below, please find a list of past Mayors of Lake City and their years of office.

For more information about our past, please call Kent Daniels of the Lynches Lake Historical Society at (843)374-1506.

History of the Mayor's Office

  • James H. Blackwell Prior to 1915
  • S. B. Rogers 1915 - 1919
  • W. H. Whitehead 1919 - 1923
  • P. W. Mcinnes 1927
  • L. R. Truluck 1930 - 1932
  • H. V. Epps (Acting) 1932
  • Jack Dalziel 11-07-32 - 12-06-36
  • W. B. Nettles 01-01-37 - 01-23-45
  • G. R. Anderson 01-23-45 - 12-02-46
  • J. H. Cockfield 12-02-46 - 11-30-47
  • W.H.Cooke 12-06-48 - 11-30-52
  • W W Singletary 12-07-54 - 12-08-58
  • CJ Evans 12-15-58 - 12-05-66
  • Wilbur Brown 12-06-66 - 12-07-70
  • Edgar H. Whitehead 12-08-70 - 12-09-74
  • Carlton J. Gaskins 12-10-74 - 12-31-86
  • R. L. Cockfield 01-13-87 - 12-31-90
  • Wilbur Brown 01-01-91 - 03-12-92
  • James C. Brown (Acting) 03-13-92 - 06-15-92
  • William J. Sebnick 06-16-92 - 12-31-94
  • Wilford Barr 01-01-95 - 08-30-98
  • Ralph Singletary (Acting) 09-01-98 - 12-31-98
  • C. LaR.ue Alford 01-01-99 - 12-31-02
  • Lovith Anderson, Jr. 1-1-07 - Present