President Barack Obama had high praise for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Tuesday, but stopped short of saying he's actively considering him for Homeland Security Secretary.
Several people, including Sen. Charles Schumer, have floated Kelly's name as a possible replacement for Janet Napolitano.
Kelly hasn't spoken about whether he wants the post, but in an interview with Univision, the president said he'd want to know if Kelly was considering a job change.
"Ray Kelly's obviously done an extraordinary job in New York," Obama said. "And the federal government partners a lot with New York, because obviously, our concerns about terrorism often times are focused on big-city targets, and I think Ray Kelly's one of the best there is.
Napolitano is leaving to oversee the University of California system.