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
Winter, 2013 – Summer has faded here on the Southern Oregon
“Adventure” Coast, the wind and rain has come
along with the time to settle in for winter. We enjoyed
the long awaited holiday season and continue
on with our ever changing duties and programs.
Recent retirements include Sgt. Robert Van Zelf
from the patrol division and Deputy Mike Nores
who had come to us from Douglas County. Their
successors are Det. Kelley Andrews who was
promoted to patrol sergeant and Deputy David
Ritz has taken on the task of the child/elderly
abuse and domestic violence investigator. We
have recently completed the hiring process and
brought on board new officers, some of whom
are returning home after serving outside of Coos
County. The new hires include Douglas Laird,
Charlaina Crum, Ronald Coleman, John Cooper
and Jonathan Holder.
Several came as certified officers and are undergoing
in-house training, while those new to law
enforcement will have completed or will be attending
the Department of Public Safety Standards
and Training. We have also hired a new Emergency
Manager Michael Murphy. The Sheriff’s
Office is now at full staff and we are very excited
about starting some new and previous proactive
programs for our community.
I would personally like to thank our citizens for
being our eyes and ears and providing useful
information related to criminal activity. Recently
community members have provided the necessary
information to resolving several serious criminal
acts. Their input allowed us to identify and
apprehend the offenders.
As Sir Robert Peel stated, “The police are the public
and the public are the police; the police being
only members of the public who are paid to give
full time attention to duties which are incumbent
on every citizen in the interests of community
welfare and existence.”
Coos County is preparing to enter budget discussion
immediately after the first of the year to allow
time to find ways to provide the needed services on
the limited funds available.
As I am finishing this newsletter, it is apparent
that many of the law enforcement levies around
the state will have met with defeat. The question
is now asked, is this a failure for the counties or
a combination of a bad economy and the anger
felt towards a nonresponsive state and federal
Then comes the real question for the Sheriff’s
across the state … what do we do now?