A killing in Corrections

When the killing of a Colorado Corrections Department employee occurs, it usually involves one or more of the state’s 20,000 prison inmates attacking a guard at a corrections facility.

The Tuesday murder of Tom Clements, executive director of the Corrections Department, at his rural home near Monument, is far more mysterious and perhaps more troubling.

Clements reportedly answered a knock on his door Tuesday evening to find a gun-wielding man who shot and killed Clements, then disappeared in the heavily wooded neighborhood.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police said they had no suspects and no motive for the killing, although robbery was ruled out.

Clements had held the top prison job in Colorado for over two years, after a lengthy career in Missouri. Gov. John Hickenlooper credited him with greatly improving Colorado’s system.

We join the governor and countless other Coloradans in grieving Clements’ death, and we hope police can speedily arrest the person or persons responsible for the murder.


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