A native of Stafford County, Kansas, Logan Sanford attended the University of Kansas while serving as a patrolman for the Lawrence Police Department. A long-running tenure as sheriff of Stafford County was interrupted by U.S. Army service in World War II. Sheriff Sanford had personally worked with KBI Director Lou Richter and other KBI agents on the famous Macksville bank robbery case in 1941 and was hired by Director Richter as a KBI special agent in 1948, while sheriff of Stafford County. President of the Kansas Peace Officers' Association in 1964 and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Logan Sanford was appointed director by Attorney General John Anderson, Jr., in 1956, upon the death of Director Richter. Director Sanford retired in 1969, having served Attorneys General Anderson, William Ferguson, Robert Londerholm and Kent Frizzell. He presided over the KBI during its most famous case, the Clutter family murders, at Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. Director Sanford died December 12, 1995, at Stafford, Kansas.