From the Town of Bel Air:
The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners is pleased to announce the recognition of two town citizens, the promotion of three police department employees and departmental recognition of another police department employee. This occurred at the last Town Hall Meeting, on October 19, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, Bel air, MD.
Commissioner Susan Burdette honored Bel Air Elementary Student Olivia Strong with a Student Achievement Award/Certificate of Recognition for being an outstanding student and role model. Olivia participates in the Bel Air Running Kids after school program. Olivia also runs 5K’s that benefit charities. In her free time she regularly volunteers at her church packing food for others in need. She takes pride in being a Bel Air “Bulldog” and she helped to raise money for the Bel Air Elementary School walk-a-thon. Olivia is an outstanding citizen.
Commissioner Edward Hopkins followed with his recognition of Eagle Scout Matthew Baker. The Town admired the dedication and commitment he displayed to the community, The Town of Bel Air, Harford County, and most of all, Scouting. Commissioner Hopkins praised Mr. Baker’s dedication and commitment which established him as a leader among our youth and for achieving a position to which all young men and women should aspire.
Officer Ryan P. Horstmann and Officer Alexander J. Maro were promoted to Officer First Class. Dispatcher Kristie L. Taylor was promoted to Police Communications Officer II. Cadet Nicholas T. Rhodes received Departmental recognition for successfully completing the grueling 13 week basic training course (boot camp) with the United States Marine Corps.
Mayor Robert Reier and Commissioner Edward Hopkins presented promotion certificates and small gifts from the Town of Bel Air to the honorees at the town meeting.
During his presentation, Commissioner Hopkins emphasized how fortunate Bel Air was to have seasoned and exceptional officers from other jurisdictions that decided to laterally transfer to Bel Air. Both promoted officers transferred to the Bel Air Police Department after serving several successful years with allied law enforcement agencies. Both officers are assigned to the midnight shift.
Commissioner Hopkins also congratulated Dispatcher Taylor, who is also a former police officer and has a military background, for her service in the highly stressful and often under acknowledged position.
Mayor Reier acknowledged Cadet Nicholas Rhodes for his successful completion of basic training and heavy equipment operator school while balancing a career with the Bel Air Police Department. Mayor Reier appreciated Cadet Rhodes’ work ethic and high level of discipline.