The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, the rector of the historic Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, has announced he will retire in 2015, even as a congregant has sued him for voting improprieties in an internal election last year.

“The Trinity Vestry has accepted the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper’s intention to retire in February, 2015. The parish will engage in an 18-month search process in order to find Dr. Cooper’s successor,” says the Episcopal Church in a letter to Cooper this week, which is posted on its website.

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