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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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 for service.