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Q: My agency is really small (or kinda small).  Is it too small (or too large) for your company to help us?
A: No!  CCS tailors its services and products specifically to meet the needs of your agency - large, small, or in between.  Most of our clients are either volunteer departments or combination paid/volunteer departments.  Some have adminstrative staff, in which case our services supplement and compliment your staff; or if your department does not have dedicated administrative staff we can fill that gap for you on an 'as needed' basis.

Q: What is the advantage of contracting with CCS instead of just hiring our own staff to do the work?
A: Experience, Education, Expertise, and Established networks - these are the advantages of selecting CCS!  With CCS you only pay for what you need, and only when you need it.  When the need is reduced or eliminated you no longer pay!  With CCS you get the benefit of full-time experienced experts at a fraction of the cost.

Q: We have our own human resources staff.  What can CCS provide that our staff can't?
A: CCS can augment and supplement the services and skills of your own staff.  For example if you have need of a one time project but can't afford to dedicate staff, CCS can fill that gap.  CCS can provide expertise and assistance in many areas where your staff may not have experience or training, such as the 207(k) fire fighter exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), policy research and writing, agency specific labor codes, collective bargaining, classification and pay, examinations, recruitment, and so forth.

Q: We've always done our own negotiations.  Why would we hire an outsider now?
A: In these difficult economic times our experts can bring experience, knowledge, and skills to the table that your staff may not possess.  CCS consultants carry your desires and needs to the bargaining table on your behalf and represent your agency's needs; allowing your executive leadership team to concentrate on other issues and not become enmeshed in potentially volatile and aggravating bargaining circumstances.

Q: What kind of rates can we expect for the services that you provide?
A: CCS has two basic fee structures:
  • Flat rates can be charged for standard presentations or training.  Flat rates can also be established for one time projects where it is reasonably possible to establish the potential time and materials necessary.
  • All other work is billed at an hourly rate of $100.00 - $150.00 for consulting services and $35.00 for clerical and staff support work.
In addition CCS offers a monthly flat rate program for unlimited telephone support, and a flat rate for attendance at agency meetings.

Q: Why are CCS' rates so low compared to other consulting or law firms?
A: CCS is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice; so it does not need to charge the higher rates of a law firm.  CCS consultants are primarily professionals who have retired and do not rely on consulting as their main source of income.  CCS understands the fiscal constraints of the smaller agencies as well as the needs of those agenies, and it has structured its fee arrangements to meet those needs.  Our desire is to give the smaller agencies the same edge that larger agencies have, but at a cost that smaller agencies can afford.

Q:  Is someone available to answer other questions?  How do I get in touch with someone from CCS?
A: CCS will be happy to answer any question that you may have.  If we don't have an answer, we'll try to find someone who does.  The initial consultation, either in person or on the telephone is always at no charge.  This LINK will take you to the Contacts page where you can select the contact method that best meets your needs.

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