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


Winter, 2016 – Greetings all, the 3rd quarter of 2016 saw a high level of output by my outstanding em­ployees. Our dispatch center processed 27,275 calls, entering 11,036 for service. Also, dis­patchers took leading roles forming our health and wellness program, strategic planning, tactical dispatching and Incident Command System (ICS) evaluation. Our dispatch center found funding to host a tactical dispatch class which they offered free of charge to our regional supporting agencies.

Patrol handled the majority of the calls for service and performed initial investigations on all felony crimes. Even with the call load, patrol still managed a high level of self-ini­tiated activity. A large number of our patrol calls continue to involve subjects with mental illness. Because of this, our office has taken a leading role, forming a partnership with Coos Health and Wellness and partnering with other law enforcement agencies to respond and support us with these complicated challenges.

Our Marine Program became the first in the state to receive National Association State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) accreditation. Accreditation ensures we can perform security zone enforcement on our bay in a manner consistent with United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements. This ensures a high level of security for our citizens and better positions us for Port Security Grant Program funding.

Our corrections deputies processed 1,053 cus­todies. They maintained maximum housing (49 beds) while struggling with staffing levels that were below-recommended minimums. While going above and beyond, my deputies have taken on a cross-training program with our contract deputies. This additional duty has been on their regularly scheduled day off, so it does not interfere with normal operations. The program enables them to be a force mul­tiplier with the Dunes and Marine Programs. Each deputy that volunteers for the program spends 60 additional training hours becoming operational in the various disciplines. This has facilitated a greater capacity and capability that will ultimately provide greater service for the citizens we serve.

In June our office participated in Cascadia Rising, a simulated field response to a massive earthquake on the west coast. We followed this up with a full-blown ICS exercise, tasking our entire office in September. We experi­mented with new technologies that will enable better situational awareness and capability in the field.

Please take a few minutes to find and watch this video. It is on our Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook. com/myccso/videos/179749089123910/ or While doing so think of the accomplishments listed above and you will understand how I feel.

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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