tom clements

Missouri Department of Corrections

Friends and family gathered in Woodcrest Chapel on Friday to honor the life of Tom Clements, the Colorado Department of Corrections executive director who was killed March 19.

Clements lived in Columbia for 27 years before moving to Colorado in 2011. He and his family attended Woodcrest for 15 of those years. Clements worked at the Missouri Department of Corrections for about three decades, working his way up from probation officer to director of the Division of Adult Institutions.

The shooting death of Colorado's top prisons official is resonating in Columbia, where the former Missouri Department of Corrections administrator raised a family and lived for decades.

Like many state government workers, Tom Clements commuted to Jefferson City from Columbia.
Former neighbor Chuck Headley says Clements was a serious bicyclist and devoted father whose job overseeing Missouri's 20 adult prisons didn't outwardly intrude upon their quiet suburban neighborhood.