Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper today applauded the Colorado Senate for confirming Tom Clements as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.
The Senate confirmed him with a vote of 35 to 0.
Clements was the Director of the Division of Adult Institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections. He has more than 31 years of professional corrections experience.
Clements has been in his previous job since September 2007, where he directed operations for Missouri’s 21 adult correctional institutions and overall management of 30,500 incarcerated offenders. He has served in statewide leadership roles within the adult probation and parole system and in Missouri’s adult correctional institutions system.
Clements jointed the Missouri Department of Corrections in 1979. His first job was as a Probation and Parole Officer. He later worked as a Assistant District Supervisor – Division of Probation and Parole; as Regional Administrator – Division of Probation and Parole; as Chief State Supervisor, Acting – Division of Probation and Parole; and as Deputy Director – Division of Adult Institutions.
Clements supports safe prison operations and effective offender rehabilitation and re-entry practices and has established safe and constitutionally compliant policy and procedure to guide all aspects of institutional operations. He was a member of the Missouri Re-entry Process Steering Team created by the Governor of Missouri.
Clements earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mid-America Nazarene University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri.