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Tom Clements named Executive Director of Department of Corrections

Monday, January 10, 2011


DENVER ¬ Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 — Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Tom Clements will be Executive Director of the Department of Corrections.


Clements is now Director of the Division of Adult Institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections. He has more than 31 years of professional corrections experience.


"Tom Clements has built a distinguished career working his up through the ranks in the Missouri corrections system," 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."


Clements has been in his current job since September 2007. He directs 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.


"With today’s economic challenges, it is more important than ever that correctional resources be used to produce positive and measurable public safety benefits now and into the future," Clements said. "I look forward to working with the dedicated Department of Corrections staff, the Colorado Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Commission and communities across Colorado to seek new opportunities to meet current budget challenges and to make communities safer."


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.


In his current role 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 is an active 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.