Denise Yoezle said she’s able to be herself because of her LGBT-friendly work environment and that allows her to put more of herself into her work.

The public works director of Cooper City for almost three years, Yoezle, who has been married to Donna Cook for two years, has been in the public works field for 30 years. Cooper City, she said, is the best environment she’s ever worked in.

“The city is just a wonderful place to work. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. It’s the best environment I’ve ever had in terms of feeling like family. I am who I am. Everybody knows me, knows of my wife and it’s been that way since day one. It’s very normalized.

And that makes it easier to focus on her job.

“As a public works director, I need to be able to make decisions and policy decisions that we can consistently carry out with many different residents . . . as long as we’re consistent and fair across the board. That’s who I am and that’s how I operate as work. It makes decision-making easy. But our commonality and our common ground is just coming to work every day and doing a good job.”


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