Conservators of the Peace

Coos County

Sheriff Craig Zanni

Coos County Sheriff's Office

250 N Baxter
Coquille, OR 97423-1897

tel: 541-396-7800
fax: 541-396-1025
Coos County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Zanni

Sheriff Craig Zanni was re elected in 2014 after coming out of a busy retirement in 2010 to serve his first term as sheriff. Prior to being elected Craig had served as a Special Investigator for the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Zanni spent thirty-seven years as a professional law enforcement agent, documenting several thousand hours of professional law enforcement training. Craig received his education at the United States Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, College of the Siskiyou, Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Task Force Commander’s school and Clandestine Laboratory Task Force Command School.

During his Law Enforcement career, Sheriff Zanni first began with several years as a Deputy Constable and Reserve Deputy Sheriff, in Siskiyou County, California. During his thirty-five plus years with Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Zanni worked his way through the ranks from patrol 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, as well as commander of, SWAT.  Ten of those years were spent 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 45 years to his wife Christine having raised a son and two daughters and now enjoying the love and joy of ten grandchildren.

Sheriff Zanni made it a top priority of providing leadership, increased training and support, which aided in improving the levels of effective professional law enforcement to Coos County.

Current staffing levels have mandated efficient and effective use of all available personnel through improved training and collaboration. Closer working relationships with the Sheriff’s Posse, Search and Rescue, Reserves and other supporting organizations have been a priority along with  cooperation, and mutual assistance with other agencies which has improved services to the communities we serve. We pledge to continue to find positive and creative ways of the needs of our community.

Thirty seven years law enforcement experience has given me the insight and experience necessary to strive to obtain the results the citizens of Coos County deserve.”

About the Coos County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – It appears that the Southern Oregon coast has been through one of the wettest winters in many years. Along with most of the Oregon coast, we have been dealing with slides, washouts and flooding. The weather-created problems impacted our ability to respond to calls for assistance and to provide services in many of the remote areas of the county. We, like most all the counties in Oregon, are struggling to recruit qualified candidates for our open positions. Like our other local agencies, we struggle to find young people willing to take on the tasks of serving and protecting their community. Since last report we have hired several new deputies but also lost several of our experienced people to other agencies. As a result of not increasing staffing levels, the jail remains at forty-nine beds.

In recent months we have been working with the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend regarding the feasibility of consolidating the 9-1-1 dispatch centers of all three into a single center. The desire is to better serve our community and reduce the ever-increasing operational costs. We have made significant strides in moving towards this consolidation.

We are currently in the process of filling the position of animal control officer. Animal control officers work under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office. The opening is the result of the retirement of long-time Animal Control Officer Rick Hoover, who will be missed. The efforts Rick made along with the other staff members have greatly improved the animal shelter as a facility, and have also dramatically reduced the number of unwanted pets in our county.

With the assistance and hard work of our Emergency Services Manager, Michael Murphy, we have been able to obtain grants that have allowed us to improve our radio system by adding a repeater in the south end of the county.

He is currently leading a project to add another repeater for the northern end of the county. After recent testing for an open supervisor’s position, Deputy Joe Bergor was selected and promoted to sergeant in the Corrections Division effective March 1, 2017. He had previously been responsible for the court crew and transport duties. Congratulations to Sergeant Bergor! The three division commanders, Pat Downing in Administrative Services, Dan Looney in the Criminal Division, and Dadius Mede in the Corrections Division were all promoted to captain at the first of the year.

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Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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