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
Summer, 2014 – If there’s one thing we welcome here in Coos
County, it is the arrival of sunshine and blue skies
and along with that, we love our waterways well
supplied with winter rains. As we embrace the
warmer weather, let us keep in mind the lower level
of rainfall we received this past winter, and keep a
wary eye on the moisture levels in the forest, rivers
This year’s budget is completed ahead of schedule,
as we continue to diligently work towards meeting
the needs of the county’s citizens. Since taking office
in 2011, with five patrol deputies, we have strived to
better protect our communities. Under the current
budget, we are staffed with 14 patrol deputies.
The increase in staff has raised our overall budget
just slightly from previous years. The Corrections
Division budget would have actually decreased this
year if not for the needed boiler tanks replacement,
which normally last for 5 to 7 years, yet we managed
to get 15 years out of them.
Several Neighborhood Watch programs continue
throughout Coos County, and it is my belief that
neighbors watching out for each other, make a
significant impact on where we live – thank you to
each citizen who has taken time and resources to
Deputy Adam Slater and K-9 Neeko have been busy
within the county, locating a number of subjects of
interests and several running suspects, establishing
the fact that the team is a much
Currently in Patrol, we have two new hires receiving
training at the academy and will be looking forward
to their return at the beginning of summer.
We are currently in joint planning with Sheriff
Bishop and Curry County for an upcoming music
festival which will occur at our adjoining county
line. It should provide some special music and
improve our joint operations.
To the many tourists and travelers who will visit
our beautiful parks and beaches this summer, please
do not leave your valuables unattended. It is our
understanding that often there are decoy suspect
vehicles in the parking lot watching as to what
is placed in the trunk or under the seat and then
they act accordingly to clout those victim’s cars. If
possible, leave your valuables at home or take them
with you, and be aware of your surroundings. Items
in view are simply an invitation to thieves scouting
out cars in the parking lot.