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Sheriff Craig 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 Coos County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Zanni spent 37 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 as well as the Clandestine Laboratory Task Force Command School.
During his law enforcement career, Zanni first began with several years as a deputy constable and reserve deputy in Siskiyou County, California. During his 35 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 25 years 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 14 years as the coordinator for contractual services with DEA/USFS/BLM narcotics eradication programs.
Craig has been married 45 years to his wife, Christine, having raised a son and two daughters. They now enjoy the love and joy of 10 grandchildren. Sheriff Zanni made it a top priority to provide leadership, increased training, and support which aided in improving the levels of effective professional law enforcement to Coos County. Current staffing levels have mandated the 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 of law enforcement experience has given me the insight and experience necessary to strive to obtain the results the citizens of Coos County deserve.”