Officials of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland have announced that they have sent a letter to Bishop Heather Cook asking her to resign.
Cook is facing charges including vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and texting while driving, in connection with the December 27, hit and run accident that killed cyclist Thomas Palermo in North Baltimore.
The Diocese confirms the standing committee sent the letter to Cook’s lawyer on Monday.
The letter says it is in the best interest for Cook to resign.
“It was clear that our lay and clergy leaders on the Standing Committee felt that the best interests of the diocese would be served were Heather to resign. Since this does not impede the Episcopal Church’s investigation into the matter, it is my hope Heather will see the wisdom in this recommendation,” said the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland.
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