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, 2014 – The holiday season is over and as we have each
and every year prior, we’ve had a good start to
the hunting and harvest season in Coos County.
Our Search and Rescue group has been called out
on numerous occasions since the end of summer,
largely on lost mushroom pickers, which all so
far, have been located with not more than a one
night’s stay in the wild. We would like to recognize
the entire Search and Rescue team members and
say “thank you” for all of the hard work and time
given to keep everyone safe.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to recognize
two of its recent new hires in the Communications
Division, Dispatcher Deanne “Dede” Clements,
class of 90, and Tamara Allender, class of 91.
Both were recipients of the Carol Fagan Award for
scholastic achievement in their respective Basic
Telecommunications classes. Congratulations to
both on a job well done.
We are continuing to get our employee numbers
up to full staff in both Corrections and Criminal
Division. Just as we were looking at the possibility
of gaining a full patrol staff and going back to 24
hour coverage, we said good bye to two tenured
employees. Patrol Sergeant Dave Hermann
retired after 26 years with us and Deputy Will
Krahenbuhl, who had 15 years with our office,
moved with his family to the south eastern coast of
the United States. We are now moving to fill these
2 positions, one from a lateral transfer from our
Corrections Division and the other will be a new
hire. With required training, it looks like it will be
another four to six months before we will be able
to return to twenty-four hour coverage.
Recently, with the assistance of the Oregon State
Marine Board, our Marine Division received a
used 23 foot Aluminum Chambered Boat (ACB)
from Spokane County, Washington. This will be
used by our marine deputies in their patrolling
of the county’s rivers, lakes and bays, along with
assisting search and rescue operations.
The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and
Dispatching Center recently began use of a GPS
tracking program that was specifically designed for
our agency by a contracted company of the Jordon
Cove Energy Project. This program will allow
our dispatch center to track deputy’s locations in
real time and update their location as they patrol
throughout the county and better assign calls