Rick Raemisch, a former prison official in Wisconsin, has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, reports the Denver Post. Raemisch, hired by Gov. John Hickenlooper, succeeds Tom Clements, who was gunned down at his front door by a parolee on March 19.
Clements’ murder “drove me to seek the position,” Raemisch told the paper. Investigators believe Clements was killed by Evan Ebel, a parolee who was a member of a white supremacist prison gang. Ebel was killed by law officers in Texas during a car chase and shootout two days after Clements’ death.