Caistor councillor Angela Lawrence has been elected as chairman of West Lindsey District Council.
Coun Lawrence said she was “honoured” and “excited” but that the role had been unexpected.
The Conservative councillor was asked by her party to put her name forward for the position - and she won the vote at the first full council meeting after April’s election.
She said: “It was quite unexpected but I was honoured.
“I’m very excited - it’s an important role.
“I’m mostly looking forward to doing a good job.
“It’s a great honour for me but I’m doing this for the community and the district.
“Hopefully I’ll represent us well wherever we go and keep our region known.”
Coun Lawrence said she could not have taken on the role if she had not been due to retire from her job as owner of Caistor’s Whitegate House Kindergarten.
“I’m due to retire in a few weeks - I would never have been able to do this otherwise.
“I couldn’t have done the job properly without the time - it’s a big commitment, there are day, weekend and evening meetings,” said Coun Lawrence.
And the chairman’s diary is already looking quite busy with events such as the Lincolnshire Show, classroom openings and charity meetings all pencilled in.
Coun Lawrence, a former mayor of Caistor, said: “I’ve spoken with the office and talked through the agenda for the year.
“There’s lots going on - there’s a whole list of possible events and functions
“I was mayor in Caistor so this isn’t totally new.
“But it’s different because it’s a bigger district and there are more opportunities.”
Coun Lawrence takes over from Coun Malcom Parish, who was elected as the 37th chairman of West Lindsey District Council at the annual meeting of council in 2014.
The chairman will attend the followng events: ceremonies, memorandum services, opening of buildings, school events, community events, charity events, thanksgiving services, voluntary events/services, armed forces events, council projects and 100th birthdays or 60th wedding anniversaries.
To invite that chairman to your event visit west-lindsey.gov.uk.
Search ‘chairman’ and follow the links.