Tom Clements (Photo from Department of Corrections website)
MONUMENT, Co (KUSA/KSDK) - Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements has been murdered in his Monument home.
Authorities say Clements was shot in the chest when he answered the door of his home just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a family member who was home at the time made the 911 call.
Lt. Kramer says they do not have a suspect identified. Although the killer is on the run, authorities do not believe the neighborhood or area where the shooting happened is in danger.
The 58-year-old lived on Colonial Park Drive near Higby Road in an upscale neighborhood of large lots northwest of Fox Run Regional Park. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Tom Clements was appointed to serve as the DOC Executive Director by Governor Hickenlooper in January 2011.
As the Executive Director he's responsible for all state and private prisons and parole operations.
Before taking the top job in Colorado he served for 31 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, according to ColoradoSenateNews.com. He received his Masters in Public Administration in 1994 from the University of Missouri- Columbia. He earned his Bachelor's of Sociology in 1979 from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas and his Associate of Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration in 1977 from St. Louis Community College.
"This is a heartbreaking tragedy for Tom Clements' family and everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him, including his many friends at the Missouri Department of Corrections," Governor Jay Nixon said. "Tom dedicated his professional life and his considerable skills to public service and protection, and the citizens of Missouri join the people of Colorado in mourning this tremendous loss."
Clements also trained and supervised probation and parole officers as the Assistant Director Supervisor of Division and Probation and Parole from 1982-1986 in St. Louis and Jefferson City.
The DOC in Colorado is a huge department with more has a $700 million annual budget and some 6,000 employees.
Governor John Hickenlooper sent a statement to the employees of the Department of Corrections:
"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,
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)