Phillip Merkle, Director
Office of Administration
Mr. Merkle is the Director of the Office of Administration. He has worked at OJP for over 15 years in various capacities, including Program Manager, Attorney Advisor, Senior Policy Advisor, and Grant Manager. During his tenure, he has had the opportunity to contribute to several OJP components including the Corrections Program Office; Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Community Capacity Development Office; and the Office of the General Counsel. Over the years, he has provided leadership and guidance in such areas as prisoner reentry, sex offender management, crime prevention initiatives such as Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service, and nationwide service initiatives such as the White House's USA Freedom Corp. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 1996, he was a practicing attorney in the State of Maryland specializing in criminal defense and family law. He was also a judicial clerk in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George's County for 18 months. Mr. Merkle graduated from the University of Richmond with a double major in political science and criminal justice and the Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate.