Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was welcomed with open arms -- literally -- Tuesday when county commissioners gave him a commendation for his national Superintendent of the Year award last month.
Carvalho hugged commissioners one by one after they presented him with the recognition, which included a symbolic "key" to the county.
"I was going to ask which office the key opened, but I was told the locks were changed," Carvalho joked. He said thank you at one point in his native Portuguese: "Obrigado."
Absent from the occasion was Mayor Carlos Gimenez, whom Carvalho called "my good friend."
Carvalho has long been rumored to be interested in running for Gimenez's job. The superintendent has said he is not eyeing political office for now.