Santa Clara County Admin

18625 Sutter Blvd.
Suite 300
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Phone: CALL (408) 296-4500
Fax: (408) 331-3220

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  • Jim Cortese
    Jim Cortese

    County Manager

  • Ramzey Amireh
    Ramzey Amireh

  • Mary Ellen Smith
    Mary Ellen Smith

    Escrow Operations Manager


Jim’s title industry career began in 1985 with a locally owned organization in Santa Clara County. He held many positions at this organization as he progressively moved from Customer Service to Title to Sales Representative, a position he eventually held concurrently with Branch Manager and then to Director of Sales and Marketing. In 1995, Jim served as Vice President for another locally owned title company before becoming Division President where he managed title and escrow operations for a national title insurance underwriter. Subsequently, he then held the position of County Manager for two privately owned regional title companies. Jim joined Old Republic in 2009 as Vice President of Business Development/Sales Training and in 2010 became Vice President & Sales Manager for Santa Clara County. Jim, a third generation family-member, was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He earned his Bachelors degree in Government at St. Mary’s College and resides in Gilroy with his wife Lisa and daughters Madalyn and Molly. Jim is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing softball, running, traveling and hunting.