Coos County

Sheriff Craig Zanni Sheriff Craig Zanni

Coos County Sheriff's Office
250 N Baxter
Coquille, OR 97423-1897

tel: 541-396-7800
fax: 541-396-1025
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About Sheriff Zanni:

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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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.