Tom Clements, Department of Corrections chief, murdered at home: Assassination?
|From the crime scene last night.|
So, too, does Governor John Hickenlooper, who has released the following statement about Clements:
To: Employees of the Department of CorrectionsHickenlooper also ordered that all flags in the state fly at half-mast today in his memory.
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,
Thus far, no suspect information has been released -- but investigators, assisted by K9 units, are on the scene at Clements's home, sweeping the area for any clues that might lead to the perpetrator.
Look below to see a 9News report about the death of Tom Clements, followed by clips of Clements inviting citizens to take part in an event earlier this year and a hearing about Fort Lyon featuring Hickenlooper. Also on view is an interactive graphic of the area near the crime scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
View Larger Map
More from our News archive: "Tom Clements, new Colorado prison chief: Can he bust out of the state's revolving door?"