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'Cpl. Mike On A Bike' Bettering Bel Air For 20 Years

The Bel Air Police Corporal is lovingly known by some members of the community as "Mike on a Bike."

Perhaps best known for his work with schools and bike patrol, Cpl. Michael Clymer is a friendly face of the Bel Air Police Department the community will sorely miss.

Clymer, now in his final weeks before retirement, will officially leave the force on January 8, 2013.

"We're going to greatly miss Mike and his ability to obtain confessions by tallking endlessly with suspects," Bel Air's de facto mayor, Edward Hopkins said with a laugh during Monday's town meeting.

Clymer started with the Bel Air Police Department in June of 1993 after 20 years with the Baltimore County Police Department and 25 years with the Maryland National Guard.

Hopkins said "Cpl. Mike on a Bike" is a well-known saying around town, and one he feels is a respectful and light-hearted reference to the familiar figure.

"Somehow 'Graziano on a Bike' is not going to fit," Hopkins said referring to another Bel Air Police officer.

Both Hopkins and Commissioner Susan Burdette talked about their children's familiarity with Clymer through his role as a school police officer.

"His presence in our schools has always included that little extra step that only Mike could give," Hopkins said.

Chief Leo Matrangola said he often asks officers "how would Clymer handle this" before they make a decision. Matrangola explained that if officers handle a situation as Clymer would, it will be done quickly, professionally and in a way the citizens of Bel Air will respect.

Clymer was promoted to Corporal in November 2004. He will continue working as a patrol supervisor until his retirement.

Paul M December 18, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Thank you Mike!
Bob Allen December 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Thanks for all you've done over the years. You're going to like retirement. I can tell you that from experience. Enjoy. Go to New Hampshire in October. Go to Mardi Gras. Tour the national parks in the southwest. (Skip the grand canyon and the crowds at Yosemite.) Just GO! This is a beautiful country.
Jen December 18, 2012 at 09:59 PM
We will miss you Mike!
Gina December 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
We will definitely miss Mr. Clymer. He is such a friendly face around Bel Air. We always looked forward to him stopping in and chatting with us and he always kept us smiling. After all these years protecting us he deserves all the relaxation he can! Happy Retirement Clymer ! Enjoy Flordia and we hope you come and visit! -All the staff at Dark Horse
Shawn December 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Mike is one of the most professional and friendly police officers that this country has. As a resident of the town, he always was so nice and always had nice things to say. He always had stickers for my two girls. Great man! You will be missed very much Mike. Enjoy your life!
george hensler December 19, 2012 at 01:41 AM
well done Mike, you deserve a rest, enjoy!!!
Pavone Brothers BBQ December 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
God Bless Come cook some BBQ Congrats
Kristi December 19, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Hey Officer Mike! Going to miss you,you're like family. This is a bittersweet moment you deserve your rest but Bel Air is losing not only one of their best officers but a great guy.
Kate December 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Bye Mr.Mike u will be missed!!! Congrats
Patricia M December 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thank you for your many years of service Officer Mike. My three children always loved seeing and speaking to you. Best wishes in your much deserved retirement. You are truly one of a kind
Mike Early December 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thank you so much for all your hard work with the community. I always enjoyed seeing you at the schools, on the bike and in town. Best wishes in your retirement. Mike Early Bel Air Town Run
Nancy Miller December 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Thanks for your years of service to Kids Club Preschool at the Bel Air Athletic Club! The children always enjoyed your visits and your time was greatly appreciated. Best of luck in retirement. Nancy Miller

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