DUP councillor Lydia Patterson has been nominated as Belfast's next High Sherriff.
DUP council group leader Lee Reynolds nominated the constituency worker to the post.
He said Ms Patterson is the second woman his party nominated to the post which he said was historically dominated by men.
Ms Patterson was co-opted to the council to represent the Castle district electoral area in May 2010 to replace North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds when he stood down.
She retained her seat at the 2011 local government elections.
The post of High Sherriff is appointed by the NIO.
Nationalists avoid the role as it is officially the Queen's judicial representative in the city while the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast is Her Majesty's personal representative.
Ms Patterson will take up her post in January.