PO BOX 3729
225 E Weatherspoon St
Sanford, NC 27331


T. Chet Mann


A native of Sanford, Chet Mann has deep personal, political, and professional roots in the city that extend generations.

Mann graduated from Lee County High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He returned to Sanford after college. With his family, Mann launched two companies that were sold to Fortune 500 companies. He then ventured into the world of mortgage banking and currently is the Regional Vice President of OVM Financial.

Mayor Mann is a champion of small business and has a strong commitment to public service, which follows right in his family’s footsteps. His great grandfather A.K. Miller created the first local Chamber of Commerce in the 1930s and his grandfather Tommy Mann, Sr. served as an alderman and mayor in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mann entered office in 2013 with an “open for business” platform. His four-prong agenda focuses on job creation, quality of place, community pride, and establishing Sanford as a destination. That agenda dovetailed with a $14.5 million bond package approved by voters the same year.

Public office wasn’t Mann’s first foray into improving life in Sanford. He has served terms on multiple boards, including the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees, past Chair of the Lee County Education Foundation Board of Directors, the Job Ready Partnership Board of Directors, and was former Chairman of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Named the Dogwood District Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen of the Year for 2014 and YMCA Volunteer of the year for 2005, Mayor Mann’s goal is to usher Sanford toward claiming its place as a vital and thriving city.

Mayor Mann is married to Missi and has two teenage boys who attend Lee County schools. The family stays very busy with school, work, music performances, and youth sports.

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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