About Sheriff Fortune


Ashland Fortune is a native of Louisa County, attending Louisa County Public Schools. He then furthered his education at Virginia State University, majoring in Agriculture and Business. He is married to the former Mary Baskfield, and has 2 children, Dianna Fortune Smith and Kimberly Faye Fortune. They have 1 grandson Keith Thompson, Jr, "KJ." Ashland Fortune is also a successful small business owner, having built and operated the first self storage in Louisa.

Work in Law Enforcement

Ashland Fortune has been in Law Enforcement for over 50 years. He was the Chief of Police for the Town of Louisa for over 30 years. In January, 2000 he was elected as Sheriff of Louisa County, becoming the first African American Sheriff in the history of Louisa County. Sheriff Fortune was reelected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and again in 2016. His credentials and memberships are a credit to his character and include:
  • Board Member of Louisa County Crime Solvers
  • Board Member of the Central Virginia Regional Jail
  • Board Member of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
  • Former Deacon at Galilee Baptist Church
  • Former First Aid Instructor
  • Initiated a drug awareness program (L.A.W.) in the Louisa County School system
  • Member of Crime Clinic
  • Member of VASAP Board
  • Member of the Fraternal Order of Police
  • Member of the Transportation Safety Committee
  • Member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Member of the Virginia Sheriff's Association
  • Responsible for forming the first Auxiliary Police Force in the county