Published: Dec 21, 2012 1:57 PM EST
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 6:13 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Clerk of Courts Charlie Green is moving on, leaving office after 28 years and seven terms. Green says he feels good about modernizing the office and keeping up with ever-changing software in processing court records.

"It's been good, I have had exceptional people to work with me over the years. It is bittersweet to leave after all these years, and it does pull at the heart strings a bit," Green told WINK News.

The Lee County native says he has relied on two keys to managing the office over the years: trusting his people 100 percent, and listening to their input. 

"I have been so lucky. I say management has to work with people, talk to them, use their ideas and let them know that their input counts. You do that and you also communicate a vision for what you are trying to accomplish in the office," said Green.

He believes Lee County government got into trouble in recent years because it got spoiled  by having too much money.  

"That is nothing but problems, because inevitably the officials want to spend that money on things, objects. They should have been investing in people.  The people make the community" Green remarked.

Still, the soon to be former clerk is optimistic about the future. 

"I love Lee county and I believe things are getting better. We're going to be fine and I believe the economy will continue to slowly get better," he said.

Green will be replaced by Linda Doggett in early January. Green will work with a software company, starting in mid-January.