Tom Clements, 58, was appointed head of Colorado's Department of Corrections in 2011 by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Before coming to Colorado, he served 31 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, according to his Department of Corrections biography.
When Gov. Hickenlooper appointed Clements for the post in 2011 he said, "Tom Clements has built a distinguished career working his up through the ranks in the Missouri corrections system. He understands parole and probation programs and has extensive experience with community corrections. We are pleased he is bringing his expertise to Colorado."
Before starting his job with the Colorado Department of Corrections, Clements released this statement:
"With today’s economic challenges, it is more important than ever that correctional resources be used to produce positive and measurable public safety benefits now and into the future," Clements said. "I look forward to working with the dedicated Department of Corrections staff, the Colorado Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Commission and communities across Colorado to seek new opportunities to meet current budget challenges and to make communities safer."
Clements jointed the Missouri Department of Corrections in 1979. His first job was as a Probation and Parole Officer. He later worked as a Assistant District Supervisor – Division of Probation and Parole; as Regional Administrator – Division of Probation and Parole; as Chief State Supervisor, Acting – Division of Probation and Parole; and as Deputy Director – Division of Adult Institutions.
Clements was a supporter of safe prison operations and effective offender rehabilitation and re-entry practices, He also established safe and constitutionally compliant policy and procedure to guide all aspects of institutional operations.
Clements earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Mid-America Nazarene University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri.
Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa Clements, and his two daughters. Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff all public buildings statewide in memory of Clements.