The Times remembers Tom Clements


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Today, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni offered a personal look at what kind of man Tom Clements ā€” the slain former head of the Colorado Department of Corrections ā€” seemed to be when Bruni met him a few months ago.

I wish Iā€™d taken notes during our conversation, so I could reproduce them here. I wish I recalled it in more detail. Because what was clear to me from those 30 minutes, and from a few additional exchanges we had at the table as the night wore on, was that Clements knew his business, cared about it and was someone to whom we owed a debt of gratitude. He wanted us safe. And in the service of that, he worked in a byway of the government that a great many of us pay insufficient heed to.


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