Peace Officer of the Year

Craig Zaragoza

The Amador County Peace Officers’ Association presented Craig with his award for his unfettered years of dedication to the community and California Highway Patrol through his professionalism and leadership abilities.

Peace Officer of the Year Craig Zaragoza has demonstrated what it is to be a California Highway Patrol officer through 24 years of hard work and dedication. He began with the Amador CHP office on August 1, 2003 and has served in many capacities, including as an Officer in Charge, field training officer, range officer and vehicle inspection officer.

Additionally, Craig has been awarded numerous Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards for his work in curbing drunk driving. As a result of his professionalism, positive attitude, leadership and unfettered dedication in his position, Craig’s peers have once again nominated him as Peace Officer of the Year.

“It is such a pleasure to work in such an amazing place as Amador County,” said Craig. “The beauty of the community and its location is unlike any other. I thank God for bringing me to this great community.”

Craig met the love of his life, and now wife Debora, when he was 16 years old, graduated from Newark Memorial High School in 1983 and Cal State Hayward, now East Bay, with a degree in business in 1989. He comes from a family line of first responders and, although he grew up interested in public service, his journey in law enforcement didn’t begin until 1991, when he was hired on with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department where he remained until 1995.

However, he and his wife were still missing something. They wanted to live in a mountain community and they couldn’t do that while he was working in San Francisco. Feeling the allure of Amador, Craig applied for California Highway Patrol because he wanted to retire in a place like Amador without waiting until retirement to find his way here.

He graduated from the CHP Academy on October 26, 1995 and found himself in Oakland on Halloween night for his first night on patrol. Craig and Deborah have two daughters, Miranda and Carley, who are both playing college basketball. When they aren’t traveling to catch as many of their daughter’s games as they can, Craig enjoys rock crawling. He even still has the Jeep he got his driver’s license in.

Citizen of the Year

Jon Campbell

ACPOA presented Jon with this prestigious award for continuous and outstanding dedication to the community through unwavering donations of time, money and resources.

Citizen of the Year Jon Campbell has dedicated himself to the community through unwavering dedication of time and resources to various ventures. In 2018, Jon provided his time, money and wine to support about 40 Marine Corps and Navy veterans for the Battle of Fallujah Reunion. Jon’s help lowered the costs for the veterans, allowing many who wouldn’t have been able to attend to make the reunion. 

Additionally, he consistently donates to the Amador County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Golf Tournament and assists the Amador County Deputy Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fund through fundraisers. Jon also donates his tasting room to support veteran and law enforcement events and works to preserve Amador County through many endeavors, earning him Citizen of the Year.

Born in Jackson, Jon is a fifth generation Amadorian and fourth generation graduate of Amador High School. He went to Arizona State University, where he studied political science and international political economy. When the economy slowed down in 2007 and construction work hit a standstill in 2008, Jon decided to fulfill his dream of working full time in agriculture. 

He took a job at Drytown Cellars, working under the tutelage of Owner Allen Kreutzer. Through hard work and dedication, Jon earned the title of Cellar Master within six months. He eventually worked his way up to Assistant Winemaker before he took a position in Lodi as Winemaker.

However, Jon grew weary of the commute to Lodi and the hustle and bustle of the valley. In 2014, he branched out on his own, creating Leoni Farms, with his wife Meredith. Today, when he isn’t running his small agricultural operation and tasting room in Sutter Creek, he enjoys the great outdoors through fly fishing, hunting or even just walking the dog.

Additionally, Jon has served as the President of the Amador Parlor #17 of the Native Sons of the Golden West for two terms and as the Supervising District Deputy to the Grand President of the Order for Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties since 2016.

The ACPOA annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the American Legion Hall. No host cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and available at the Amador County CHP offices, Amador County Probation, Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.