Cambridge Mayor Bradshaw on leave of absence after revenge porn charges

Cephas takes over duties

By Dave Ryan
Posted 12/2/21

CAMBRIDGE – Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is no longer at the helm of the city. An announcement made at 6 p.m. Thursday said he is on leave and Council President Lajan Cephas has taken over.

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Cambridge Mayor Bradshaw on leave of absence after revenge porn charges

Cephas takes over duties

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CAMBRIDGE – Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is no longer at the helm of the city. An announcement made at 6 p.m. Thursday said he is on leave and Council President Lajan Cephas has taken over.

The announcement, as posted by Commission Member Chad Malkus (Ward 5) said, “Please be advised that Mayor Bradshaw is currently on an indefinite unpaid leave of absence. During this temporary vacancy, all rights, powers, and duties of the Mayor shall be assumed by Commission President Lajan Cephas in accordance with Sec. 3-21A of the City Charter. As previously stated, the City’s Council-Manager form of municipal government ensures that the business of the City will remain unaffected during the Mayor’s unpaid leave of absence.”

The mayor was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with 50 counts of posting intimate photos of a former girlfriend, in what is known as revenge porn. A statement from his lawyer said Mr. Bradshaw intended to continue serving the citizens of Cambridge.

Days after the arrest, the members of the City Commission voted unanimously to ask for the mayor’s resignation. As of Thursday, he was still officially in office.

“It remains the sincerest hope of all of the Commissioners that the Mayor will do what is best for the City of Cambridge and its citizens and tender his resignation,” the city’s statement concluded. “Should he fail to do so, then the Commissioners are prepared to pursue all available options under Maryland Law and the City Charter.”