SANDERSTEAD councillor Yvette Hopley is set to become the new Mayor of Croydon.
Her nomination was reported to the full council meeting on Monday and her election will be confirmed at the annual council meeting in May.
Councillor Hopley, 52, was first elected to the council in 2006 and will be relinquishing a number of posts when she becomes mayor.
At present she is deputy cabinet member for finance, asset management and performance, chairman of the audit committee, vice-chairman of the pension committee a member of the council's scrutiny and overview committee. She will be mayor in the run-up to the 2014 council elections and expects council proceedings to get increasingly heated as polling day approaches.
She said: "I think meetings are going to be extra busy and I am going to have to be robust."
She said she was "ecstatic" about her nomination and believed the mayor played an important role in the life of the borough, adding: "Being mayor is an opportunity to integrate with the community and voluntary organisations and help them to feel supported.
"I am a great believer in our heritage."