Mayor Debbie Ann Nash-King is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After completing high school, she attended the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, she attended the Medical Services Corp Officer’s course and completed her military tour as the Fort Hood Dental Clinic’s Company Commander. Upon leaving the Army, she immediately entered graduate school and earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Tarleton State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is also an ordained minister.
Following her service to her country, Ms. Nash-King attended Killeen’s Citizens Police Academy, as well as Leadership Central Texas and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Killeen program and became heavily involved in another kind of service- volunteering wholeheartedly on behalf of a variety of important causes. She has served as vice president of Killeen’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), secretary of Killeen Volunteers, Inc., and board member of the Killeen Independent School District’s Education Foundation.
Ms. Nash-King currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Veterans Affairs Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors, a member of the Killeen-Heights Rotary Club, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Killeen Sister Cities, Osan Korean Committee, the Killeen Branch NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens 4535, Veterans Helping Veterans, Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Genevieve Chapter 94, Central Texas Fort Hood Chapter AUSA Board of Governors, and Area Veterans Advisory Committee (Community Relations Chair). She is a recipient of the 2019 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award and has been honored as a Texas Woman of Distinction from the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Sorority from Women Educators.
She lives in Killeen, Texas. She currently serves as the mayor of Killeen. She was married to the late Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Elijah King, Jr., and she has one daughter, Elizabeth.