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
Fall, 2014 – Signs of summer coming to an end are visible on
the Southern Oregon Coast as I write this. At a
gathering just last evening someone stated that it
was nine o’clock and already dark outside. Oddly
everyone turned and looked out the screened
door as though we didn’t want it to be true.
Summertime has proven to be exceptionally warm
and dry with the threat of water shortages and
potential wild fires.
The Coos County Sheriff ’s Office continues
to undergo changes as we say a fond farewell to
retirees, or sadly say good-bye to coworkers who
have chosen to move on to other professions
The Coos County Fair was well attended and as
always, enjoyable, as we witnessed the 4-H youth
with their many varying projects, along with
sharing in the joy of their projects being selected
to go to the State Fair; ribbons and smiles are the
result of a job well done.
The Sheriff ’s Office has numerous new employees
going through training; just this year alone we
have added six new dispatchers, five new patrol
deputies and hopefully the Corrections Division
will be at full staff before too long. Most, if not all,
new hires will have received or be near completing
the State mandated training for the position
I would like to take this time to state that as
Sheriff, I could not be more proud of the staff
and volunteer members of Coos County. Each
person has something to contribute and adds
significantly to who and what we are all about in
the community in which we live. Every aspect,
from top to bottom, has proven itself to be a much
needed asset and benefit to the office. Thank you
to each and every one.
Additionally we look forward to our partnership
with the Liquid Natural Gas agency that will be
a major event in the coming year. Our training
program to meet the challenges to the Sheriff ’s
Office is in full swing as we move towards the
hiring of additional persons to meet the needs and
requirements of that new facility.
With summer’s end we look forward to enjoying
autumn on Oregon’s Adventure Coast with
hunting, hiking, ATV riding, fishing and so much
more. Please remain safe and careful when out and
about as our fire season is not yet ended and still
holds potential for damage, danger and expense.