Mayor Rebecca Wyhof Salmon took the Oath of Office on August 16, 2022. Prior to being elected mayor, she served as the Ward 5 representative on Sanford City Council from 2011 until 2022 and served as Mayor Pro Tem for two of those years.
Mayor Salmon is the President of Blue Roof Strategies, LLC., where she brings more than 20 years of diverse public and private sector experience to the company. Prior to her position at Blue Roof, she served as the Vice President of the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association (NCTIA) as well as the Eastern Rural Telecom Association and the Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association.
Mayor Salmon's experience includes serving four years as the Communications Director for the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC, and has also worked for the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, the City of Fayetteville, NC and the Office of Environmental Security at the Pentagon (DOD).
A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication, Mayor Salmon received her Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership. She is an alumnus of Leadership North Carolina - Class XX.
Mayor Salmon is a Past Chair of the Triangle J Council of Governments, and serves on the Board of Directors of Foreign Trade Zone #93 and Friends of Sanford. She was appointed by Governor Cooper in 2018 to serve on the North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission.
Rebecca and her husband Brad live in historic Jonesboro.