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, 2015 – A high wind and rain event that hit the Southern Oregon coast in January tested the Coos County Sheriff’s Office. During the first day of the storm, a radio link from dispatch to the simulcast repeater system failed. Radio use from the communications center to the six police and eleven rural fire departments and ambulance agencies it serves was rendered useless for most of a 24-hour period. The deputies were advised to use frequencies of cooperating police agencies and cellular phones to communicate. The event lasted three days, with unofficial rainfall totals reaching nearly eight inches in places, causing localized flooding and traffic issues.

Personnel shortages in 2014 caused our telecommunicators to go from their normal eight and ten-hour shifts to twelve-hour shifts. The decision was made to not interfere with vacations and scheduled time off with the transition to the twelve hour shifts. These shifts lasted from May 1, 2014, until December 31, 2014, and not one day was lost due to sick time. Kudos to these amazing, dedicated people!

Deputy Brad Griswold retired on January 30, 2015, after 26 1/2 years of service to the citizens of Coos County. Brad began his career in the jail on July 26, 1989. After his promotion to corporal and several years in the jail, Brad transferred to the civil division where he handled the sales and paperwork portion, as well as serving papers.

Metal thefts of an unusual nature have been plaguing Coos County recently. The surreptitious thieves have been targeting Pacific Power and Light and Coos-Curry Electric. The suspects have been striking regularly, hitting the mainly rural areas during the hours of limited patrol coverage. The suspects are using small tools to cut the #6 bare wire, which weighs one pound for every thirteen feet. From December 20, 2014 until January 22, 2015, the culprits have brazenly taken 66,551 feet of the copper wire. According to Pacific Power and Light, their costs because of this massive theft have been approximately $300,000 in material and labor.

Five deputy sheriffs tested in November of 2014 for an open patrol supervisor position. All the applicants did excellent in testing, making Sheriff Zanni’s decision difficult. Deputy Scott Moore was selected and promoted on January 1, 2015. Sergeant Moore was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He has worked patrol and narcotics.