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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.

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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