It was such an honor to serve as a judge this year to help select recipients for the Tom Clements Better Government Award. The award honors the life and services of Tom Clements who, after 30 years of serving the public, was tragically killed while serving as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.
In honor of Tom’s progressive and selfless work for the government, the award recognizes individuals and teams who go beyond perfunctory execution of their duties, delivering results that matter to Coloradans and improving state government.
Panel of Judges for the
2021 Tom Clements Better Government Award
The panel of judges is selected by the Governor’s Office and represents diverse sectors, including business, nonprofit, higher education, and government.
Outstanding Innovation in Government
Outstanding Service in Government
The 2021 award goes to the Department of Revenue-Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for “Coloradans Can DMV Anywhere,” its pivot in response to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The department’s redesigned and streamlined process provides the ability to:
The scale of customers impacted by these improvements is impressive and, not surprisingly, these innovations are the new normal as more and more Coloradans use online services.
In 2021, the CBI team worked with local law enforcement to identify 11 cold cases that were good candidates for genetic genealogy investigation, out of around 1,800 current cold cases, and submitted them for testing. This effort resulted in five cases being brought to trial, directly impacting the families of victims. The CBI also engaged in direct outreach to these families to help them navigate the investigation process.
Our panel of judges was struck by the scale of the impact that solving these cold cases has on the families of victims and their communities.
The awards ceremony and luncheon was hosted on March 29th at the Carriage House at the Governor’s Residence. Congratulations again to all nominees, honorable mentions, and award recipients. It was a treat to meet in person with many of these dedicated and smart leaders and thank them for their passion and hard work. At a time when it’s easy to get bogged down by the seemingly endless stream of bad news, it’s a blessing to know that we have so many good folks who are making a difference every day in the lives of Coloradans.