Cllr Maire Hendron said: “It is a great honour to have been selected to serve as Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Council.
“I hope to build upon my work as Chair of the Council’s Good Relations Partnership and promote shared future issues during my time in office.
“Belfast is growing in strength and prosperity. There is a positive mood in the city following the success of the Giro d’Italia and other international events such as the World Police and Fire Games.
“I look forward to working closely with the new Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon. It gives me great pride that two women will be the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor for the next year, something that I do not believe has occurred before.”