Hickenlooper Names Interim Prisons Chief

Colorado has tapped a retired prisons chief from Kansas to lead the Department of Corrections on an interim basis after last month

This photo provided by the Colorado Governor's office shows Roger Werholtz who was named on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Gov. John Hickenlooper as an interim replacement to slain Corrections Director Tom Clements. Werholtz retired as Secretary of Corrections in Kansas in 2010. Clements was fatally shot in his suburban Denver home last month. Clements was killed by a white supremacist on parole, Evan Ebel, who removed a monitoring ankle bracelet and killed Clements and a pizza delivery man before dying in a shootout with police in north Texas, investigators said. (AP Photo/Colorado Governor's Office)

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado has tapped a retired prisons chief from Kansas to lead the Department of Corrections on an interim basis after last month's killing of prisons chief Tom Clements.

Roger Werholtz was announced as the interim corrections chief Tuesday. He will work through July as Colorado searches for a replacement to Clements, who was shot in his suburban Denver home last month.

The suspect in Clements' slaying, paroled white supremacist Evan Ebel, was killed in a shootout with police in Texas.

In a statement, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Werholtz would lead efforts to evaluate Colorado's parole system, which failed to locate Ebel after he slipped an ankle monitor.

Werholtz retired as Secretary of Corrections in Kansas in 2010. He had earlier served as Deputy Secretary of Corrections since 1987.


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