Sources of Income
Cortez is co-director of ZAYCOR Management Company. He also has business interests in DirectLine Consulting Solutions LLC and vending machine supplier SNAKRE Vending LLC, which ZAYCOR oversees.
His wife is a school administrator for the Brownsville Independent School District.
- Cortez also sits on the board of the Region One Education Service Center, which is part of a state-wide system created by the 59th Texas Legislature to assist school districts across the state.
Cortez and his wife own residential property in Brownsville valued at $122,069.
They own two other properties in Brownsville from which they receive rental income, including a condo appraised at $75,246.
SNAKRE, a company he has business interests in that has repeatedly won the commissary contract to sell goods to prisoners in Cameron County, was the subject of a 2013 Brownsville Herald article suggesting the contract had not been properly bid — and that Cortez’s cousin was the sheriff’s “right hand man.” Cortez told the newspaper that there was no conflict, and that it was the sheriff’s decision, not his cousin’s.
He is a former member of the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees, where he served on its budget, legislative, internal audit, policy, curriculum and instruction, technology and dropout prevention committees.