PO BOX 3729
225 E Weatherspoon St
Sanford, NC 27331


T. Chet Mann


Chet Mann is a native of Sanford, North Carolina and a 1988 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from UNC he joined his father, Tommy Mann Jr., and uncle, Randy Mann, at Central Welding & Industrial Supply Inc., an industrial gases and equipment dealer and distributor. He eventually purchased the business from his Father and successfully sold the company to Fortune 300 global leader Praxair Inc. several years later after making several acquisitions that added to the operation.

Along the way Mayor Mann started Life and Safety Inc. - an industrial first aid and safety distributor - later selling it to Fortune 500 Cintas Corp. The Mann family also owned and operated Carolina Specialty Cutting Tools, Inc. and owned the business from 1994 to 2013.

Mann is now proudly a part of OVM Financial, an independent mortgage company headquartered in Chesapeake, VA with responsibility for mortgage lending offices in Sanford, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Myrtle Beach.

After serving in many different capacities on volunteer boards Chet ran for and was elected mayor of Sanford in 2013. His platform is an aggressive Sanford Open for Business agenda designed to help Sanford recover from the recession and thrive in today's global climate.

A note from Mayor Mann:

"I began my mayoral campaign with a Listening Tour while walking to hundreds of homes. I heard Sanford residents' concerns and thank them for their ideas. With their input, I developed a plan. My three points are:

  1. Pump new life into downtown with support for small businesses and the arts.
  2. Actively recruit new jobs into town by bringing time and energy to the task.
  3. Provide reliable city services at a reasonable cost by using the best management practices.

I am committed to Sanford and encourage every resident to work with the City to bring a fresh start to Sanford by providing dynamic leadership. Let's move our town forward with new energy and ideas. Together we will make Sanford an even better place to live and work - for my family and yours."

Mann has been involved in the following community organizations:

  • Mayor, City of Sanford - Manager - December 2013 - present
  • Central Carolina Community College - Board of Trustees - Finance Chairman
  • Lee County Arts and Community Center - Current Chairman Board of Directors
  • Lee County YMCA - Board of Advisors
  • Past chairman of the area YMCA We Build People Campaign
  • YMCA Volunteer of the Year 2005
  • Lee County Educational Foundation - Board of Advisors, Past Chair
  • Job Ready Partnership - Board of Directors
  • Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce - 2010 Chair, Board of Directors
  • Former Chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter - emphasizing wetlands conservation.
  • Past Chairman of First Presbyterian Church Diaconate
  • Current member of First Baptist Church in Sanford



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