Sheriff Craig Zanni
Coos County Sheriff's Office
250 N Baxter
Coquille, OR 97423-1897
About Sheriff Zanni:
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Sheriff Craig Zanni won an unopposed election in 2010 and came out of a very busy retirement, where he was a Special Investigator for the District Attorney and the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Zanni spent thirty-three years as a professional law enforcement agent. He was educated at the United States Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. College of the Siskiyou's, Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Task Force Commander's school and Clandestine Laboratory Task Force Command School. Several thousand hours of documented, professional law enforcement training.
During his Law Enforcement career, Sheriff Zanni started with several years as a Deputy Constable and Reserve Deputy Sheriff, in Siskiyou County, California. Then thirty years with Coos County Sheriff's Office. Zanni worked his way through the ranks from Deputy to Detective Sergeant and Commander of the Investigation Section. During his tenure he spent three years as Administrative Sergeant and twenty five year as a member of and the last four years as four years as the commander of SWAT. He spent ten years as the Supervisor of the field training officers of the Criminal Division and fourteen years as the coordinator for contractual services with DEA/USFS/BLM narcotics eradication programs.
The Sheriff has been married 42 years to his wife Christine. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.
Among his Goals in office, Sheriff Zanni has said, "One of my most important priorities will be to provide the leadership, training, and support which is an absolute prerequisite to the level that effective professional law enforcement requires. Present staffing levels mandate efficient and effective use of all available personnel through improved training and reorganization. Closer working relationships with the Sheriff's Posse, Search and Rescue, Reserves and other supporting organizations will be a priority. Liaison, cooperation, and mutual assistance with other agencies have become increasingly important, and will be actively sought and cultivated. I pledge to spare no effort to find positive and creative ways of dealing with our current difficulties.
Thirty three years law enforcement experience has given me the insight and experience necessary to achieve the results the citizens of Coos County deserve."
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Coos County Sheriff's Office In Action
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Marine Deputy Doug Strain coming out of the water after a dive searching for a missing person Big Creek
Rappel training on old train tracks, hillside and off the top of the tunnel.
ERT Team consisting of Coos County law enforcement (all in camo gear) practicing maneuvers at the range
Coos County Sheriff's Office Marine Team
Looking out mirror at other patrol truck in the snow….heading up to Slide Creek to fill generators that fuel the radio towers
Deputies seated at Robby Little’s funeral, Myrtle Point, Oregon
Pallbearers carry the casket of Robby Little, a Reserve Deputy who passed away after a lifelong struggle with Cystic Fibrosis
Deputies standing at attention during the graveside services for Reserve Deputy Robby Little
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2014 – As you read this current issue of the OSSA’s
magazine, spring will be coming into full bloom
on the Southern Oregon Coast. Much as the rest
of Oregon, Coos County will be dealing with
having one of the driest winters in recent history
and along with other counties, we will have already
declared a water emergency. At the time of this
writing, our rainfall is at less than 24% of normal.
Stream flows and available well waters will be at,
or near, record lows. The effect of this water deficit
will be felt by all residents of our area, especially
farmers, cattle ranchers, loggers and both sport
and commercial fishermen.
Together we are working to deal with the shortfall
in timber revenues and the faltering services in
adjoining counties. As many of you may know,
most of the county commissioners and sheriffs
met in Gold Beach in January of this year to
work at finding solutions to our shared shortfalls.
Although no major solutions have been found, it
did prove to unite those in attendance in seeking
to find solutions to the needs of our communities
and areas that can be addressed to assist each other
in meeting mandates to the public we serve.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office has recently
completed the hiring and training process, and
currently has a full complement of employees to
deal with the variety of tasks set before us. It is
pleasing to know that we have sufficient employees
to handle current calls in a timelier manner, along
with maintaining our jail capacity at 98 beds.
Several new Neighborhood Watch programs and
other proactive programs for our community have
been organized, along with the addition of our
new patrol K-9. Deputy Adam Slater was selected
as the new canine handler and recently returned
from a complete handler course. He, along with
his new crime fighting partner Neeko, have
already proven to be an invaluable addition to our
Patrol Division. Our goal is to maintain a quality
level of service as we enter into a new fiscal year
asking for a status quo budget again. With the
potential of significant improvements in the local
economy with the Jordan Cove Energy moving
forward towards building a liquid natural gas
plant for export on the North Spit of Coos Bay, we
anticipate community growth and increased need
for public safety.