In case you hadn’t heard the news, River Laker has resigned his position as resource development coordinator for Roanoke Public Libraries effective Sept. 24.
This follows a long and ultimately losing battle Laker fought over a less-than-favorable job evaluation he received.
That came months after he stripped on stage at a benefit auction at 202 Market in February 2011. That gag landed the restaurant before the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
In his job at the library, Laker successfully promoted many local artists and authors. He’s also engaged in many side projects.
Before he built an identity as the Trouserless Twit with the 202 Market incident, Laker was the “Carless Brit,” a public exercise in which he walked, cycled or used public transportation for months. After the stripping incident, he formed a band. He also tried living for awhile purely by bartering, instead of using money.
Laker announced his departure in a press release this morning that was very gracious to the library system and its director, Sheila Umberger. He said he wished the libraries and its staff the best. The release doesn’t indicate whether or not he plans to stay in Roanoke.
So what do you think folks? What should River Laker do next?