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Tom Clements, Executive Director

Date appointed: 1/10/11

Senate Committee hearing date: 1/26/11

Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee hearing vote

Senate vote date: January 9, 2011

Senate vote: Confirmed - 35-0

Salary: $150,000

“Tom Clements has built a distinguished career working his up through the ranks in the Missouri corrections system,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “He understands parole and probation programs and has extensive experience with community corrections. We are pleased he is bringing his expertise to Colorado.”


Tom Clements was appointed to serve as the DOC Executive Director by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011. As the Executive Director he is responsible to ensure the safe, secure and humane operations of state and private institutions and parole operations, to include ensuring offenders have the opportunity to participate in educational programs, treatment, and other services designed to effectively instill pro-social behaviors and promote successful outcomes. Mr. Clements is committed to using evidence based practices to improve safety inside our prison system and to improve successful outcomes with offender releases from prison to the community. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in Colorado Mr. Clements served for 31 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC). From October 2007 until January 2011 he served as Director of Adult Institutions for MDOC and was responsible for 21 adult prisons. During his tenure with MDOC, Mr. Clements served in both line level and administrative roles in prison operations and probation and parole services. Mr. Clements holds an Associate Degree in Justice Administration, a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. He is an active member of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and the American Correctional Association. 


About the Department of Corrections:

The Department operates 20 adult prisons and a youthful offender system. Through the 19 community and parole offices, corrections professionals supervise offenders reentering communities throughout the state. Offenders under DOC supervision participate in rehabilitative programming, including basic education, mental health and substance abuse treatment, life and work skills, and re-entry courses. The DOC management system is designed to assist offenders’ to successfully re-enter society.