Before taking office, Mayor Kling was most recently the President/CEO of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, where she served from 2012 until taking office. Prior to joining the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, Debbie worked as the VP of Legal Management for Unity Media Group (a start-up technology company), General Manager of the then Qwest Arena and Executive Director of Team Idaho, which organized the National Governors and Western Governors Association meetings hosted by then Governor Dirk Kempthorne in Idaho. Debbie has served in leadership roles on local and national industry and community boards, including the founding team for the National Academy of Venue Safety and Security. She was educated at MidAmerica Nazarene University and Boise State University.
Mayor Kling is currently serving on both the Executive Board and Board of Directors for Community Planning Association (COMPASS) and Valley Regional Transit (VRT).
She has been married to Jim Kling III for over 42 years and has three children and 10 grandchildren.
The Nampa Public Library interviewed Mayor Kling in 2020 for their "This is Nampa - Junior" series. Check it out!