Born in Waycross, Commissioner Nelson is a 1982 graduate of Waycross High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably for 6 years with duty stations at Robins AFB in Warner Robins Georgia and USAF Detachment in Conrad Montana. After returning home in 1990, Commissioner Nelson worked for the Ware County Recreation Department as Programs Coordinator where he became active in Georgia Special Olympics and various other programs promoting youth abstinence and training.

In 1999, Commissioner Nelson was elected to the Ware County Board of Commissioners. Reelected in 2014, he is currently serving his 17th years of the County Board. He is a Certified County Commissioner with University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Commissioner Nelson’s civic, community service and board involvement includes membership with the NAACP, Waycross Black Action Committee, Greater Mt. Zion AME Church; Ware County High School Wingfoot Track Club. He is currently serving as Executive Board Chair – Concerted Services Inc; Ware County Legislative Coordinator for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia; Chairman of Ware County Special Olympics; and member of Unison Behavioral Health.

Commissioner Nelson is a high school and college basketball official and is currently the Director of the Waycross-Ware Co Drug Action Council.