Debra Button said she's honoured to be SUMA's first female president. (CBC)

For the first time in its history, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will have a female president.

Weyburn Mayor Debra Button was elected Monday, defeating Dalmeny Mayor Allan Earle.

Button, elected last year to her third term as mayor, says it's an honour to blaze a trail for women at SUMA.

"It makes my heart sing, actually," she said. "That thought hadn't occurred to me until I got a phone call from one of the media outlets who said just that same question, and it dawned on me that that's pretty exciting."

Button says she's got some homework and there'll be a lot to learn in a short amount of time.

"I know that staff are planning to send me home with a wad of reading material to back me up and to get me up to speed on where they've been and where they're going," she said.

Button will meet with the SUMA board for the first time today.