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
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
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,
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.