At her last commission meeting Thursday as Miami’s city attorney, Julie Bru carried the microphone to the front of the dais at City Hall and opened a small black case holding a sparkling ring inside.
Then she asked Miami Police Officer Suzy Izaguirre to marry her.
Izaguirre, surprised and with tears streaking down her cheeks, said yes, as commissioners, the city’s legal staff and audience members applauded.
“Even though we can’t do it in the state of Florida, we’re going to move to New York to live together as wife and wife,” Bru said.
Izaguirre hugged Police Chief Manuel Orosa. Bru hugged everyone else.
It was an emotional end to Bru’s five years as city attorney. Looking around the chamber, she said she wasn’t sure if she would have survived the city’s top legal post without the support of her Miami family. She began at the city attorney’s office in 1989.
With Bru’s retirement, Victoria Méndez will take over next week as the new city attorney.
Bru, barely keeping her composure, said Miami leaders “not only tolerated our alternative lifestyle, but accepted it.” Bru and Izaguirre have been together for 10 years.
Just before the surprise announcement, Commission Chair Marc Sarnoff declared Thursday “Julie O. Bru Day.”
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones told Bru she’s been an inspiration. Then the commissioner spoke directly to Méndez.
“You have some pretty tough pumps to fill,” she said.