Governor, Co-Workers, Family Mourn Loss of DOC Director Tom Clements

Governor John Hickenlooper spoke Wednesday morning about the murder of the Colorado Department of Corrections director.

Tom Clements, 58, was murdered in his home near Monument Tuesday night. Hickenlooper appointed Clements to his position at the DOC in 2011.

Wednesday, he described Clements as a hard worker who improved the way prison's are run in Colorado and added that Clements cared for inmates and his co-workers alike.

"[Clements] was so dedicated to his staff, " Hickenlooper said, "that he would have town hall meetings at various prisons around the state on a regular basis."

In light of the ongoing investigation into the director's death, the governor said he could not answer questions about the investigation.

The governor did say that he does not know if the killing was an act of retaliation, but he said that it could be an act of intimidation.
He says the cabinet will go on with their work.

Today, the governor has already signed the bill to limit magazine size and expand background checks for gun purchases.

"We will continue to move this state forward," Hickenlooper said, "That's what [Clements] would want."

Clements will be "deeply, deeply missed," Hickenlooper added.


House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, issued the following statement today regarding the loss of Tom Clements, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Corrections who was murdered in his home last night:

“Jennifer and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Tom Clements. Tom’s impact in Colorado and on the people around him was significant. In his short time as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom worked tirelessly to reduce recidivism and make our communities safer.

“Colorado has lost a great professional, and more importantly, an outstanding person. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family.”