Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements Murdered

| by Alex Groberman
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Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was reportedly murdered at his home on Tuesday night.

According to CBS 4, numerous sources have confirmed that 58-year-old Clements was in fact found dead in his residence yesterday evening. Various state employees were notified of what happened early Wednesday morning.

Very little is known at the moment regarding why this incident took place, however, Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to issue an official statement at some point today.

In an e-mail to Department of Corrections obtained by CBS 4, Gov. Hickenlooper praised Clements for his dedication.

March 20, 2013

To: Employees of the Department of Corrections

Last night, Tom Clements was killed at his home in Monument. I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it.

As your Executive Director, he helped change and improve DOC in two years more than most people could do in eight years. He was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and sought the “good” in any situation. As you all know, in corrections that is not easy.

We have no more details than that. I am so sad. I have never worked with a better person than Tom, and I can’t imagine our team without him.

Tom regularly spoke of your professionalism and dedication to the department. It is during times like this that we must stand together to meet the Department’s public safety mission and to honor Tom’s memory.

I know that you all join me in sending prayers and support to Tom’s wife, Lisa, their two daughters and their family. For the next few days, please allow them to grieve with their family in private.

With all our heart,

Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters.

(CBS 4, Denver Post)