By Mike McClure

Last Tuesday’s Delmar Citizen of the Year Banquet at the Delmar VFW was all about family and laughter. Many of 2023 Citizen of the Year Sara Bynum-King’s friends and family took the opportunity to speak about Bynum-King and share stories.

“I am so proud of her for the job she has done. We taught her to think about others,” Bynum-King’s mother said of the former Delmar town manager and employee. “Even though you are no longer town manager, you will continue on doing the thing that you do best, helping others.”

Delmar Citizen of the Year Sara Bynum-King and her husband, Kevin, share a laugh during last Tuesday’s banquet at the Delmar VFW. Photo by Mike McClure

Former Delmar (Del.) Mayor Michael Houlihan also shared his pride in what Bynum-King was able to accomplish during her time with the town.

“You join a list of individuals that are all the same (they worked behind the scenes),” said Houlihan. “I am so proud and humbled that I was a part of your life and am a part of your life.”

Bynum-King’s family members pointed out that their father, Samuel, taught them to leave something better than they found it.

Her daughter, Nakia, said that when she was in school her  principal told her that if she grew up to be half the woman  her mother was she’d do great things.

Delmar Water Superintendent Sophia Oberton said Bynum-King’s advice to her was to “take your position and you make it your own.”

“I  thank you for the opportunity to be an employee for the town,” Oberton said.

Bynum-King was also presented with proclamations from Rep. Tim Dukes and on behalf of Sen. Bryant Richardson and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza as well as former Delmar (Md.) Mayor Doug Niblett on behalf of the Delmar VFW and Roger Martinson for the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event.

This was the first Delmar Citizen of the Year banquet in three years.